Shelter Series: Timber and Round Pole Framing

Week two of the Shelter Series was dimensional timber framing with Bill Sturm from Oregon Timberworks. Although the calculations and design of the structure were already figured, it was completely constructed by students. First, we were taught how to layout tenons, mortises, and knee braces. We used both hand and power tools to saw the…

Wooden “Sandwich” Doors

Building your own doors can further enhance the design of a handmade house. They are made to fit any size and are cheaper than ordering a custom door from a store or mill. Exterior doors are at least 1 3/4” thick while interior doors are 1 1/2”. When building the AAC walls we left an…

Timber Floor and Roof Framing

Lets backtrack for a second. Once the foundation was repaired and the bond beam was poured, we prepared the timber framing for the roof and floor. The timber was ordered from a local Amish mill which was sustainably harvested.   The girder is used to denote the main horizontal support of the structure, which supports…