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Some frame raisings are easier than others!

Having spent six weeks jointing up this particular frame in the workshop we then had to park it safely for a couple of months to allow for a delay while the groundworks were completed.

All well and good, and not long enough to adversely affect the joints when it comes to putting it back together. A couple of months is, however, plenty long enough to almost completely empty the mind of all the singular idiosyncrasies of this particular frame. This was especially the case when the two months in question had been filled making another even more complicated structure…..Trying to store two frames in one brain hurts, believe me.

Jake, Sylvan, Adam and myself packed the frame onto a lorry and piled our gear into the pickup and set off down South for another raising. After an early start and an all too rushed breakfast, we arrived onsite at 7am to meet the lorry and friendly local farmer complete with telehandler/forklift who had agreed to unload. Access on this end of terrace site was awkward to put it mildly as we had to contend with a narrow, winding and sloping drive, a right angled bend, a small stacking area and plenty of not to be messed with overhead electricity cables (oh yes).

Somehow we managed to unload the frame and have it stacked in position for the arrival of the crane at 8.30am and were ready for action and feeling pretty chipper…..until the crane driver pointed out he had another job booked at midday! After an awkward standoff and a momentary meltdown we persuaded him that there had been a mixup and that we did indeed need him for the whole day and that if he tried to leave we would let down his tyres and take his keys off him.

For the rest of the day we beavered away like ants possessed, frantically battling against the clock, and somehow, as the enormous pile of stacked timber diminished, the frame soared into the blue Hampshire sky. Mercifully we hadn’t forgotten how it went together after all, our crane driver stayed to the bitter end, and Mike and Sue now have a fine oak framed extension complete with Hampshire hipped roof, dormers and exposed oak rafters right outside their front door.

Castle Ring Oak Frame


Castle Ring Oak frame


Oak framed dormer

Mar-31-15 a las 7:06 pm Uncategorized. Sin Comentarios

A Timber Frame Raising (Part 2)

A Timber Frame Raising

To pick up the thread of our last blog post, we were sitting by, and not in, a hot tub eating lunch having made a decent start on raising a full house frame for Phil and Kay in Durham.

With barely enough time to get indigestion, it’s back to work hoisting the wallplates into place and then…..

Castle Ring Oak Frame

The king post trusses are fully assembled at ground level on trestles. The curved braces that will eventually support the ridge purlins are also fitted at this point to avoid fitting them at height later on.


Castle Ring Oak Frame

Sending complete trusses soaring into the sky is always a thrill and a good photo opportunity.


Castle Ring Oak Frame

The trusses are then oriented correctly (this gable truss is faced outwards) and gently lowered onto the teasel tenons of the bayposts, being careful not to forget the bracing.


Castle Ring Oak Frame | Frame Raising

Cross frames for the one storey part of the build can be fully assembled complete with funky sling braces and curved collar.

Timber frame raising


Castle Ring Oak Frame

This section joins up with an existing brick barn outbuilding so great care was taken at the design stage to ensure the roof planes would match.


Oak Frame

With the main structure fully raised, it’s time to fit the wind bracing to the roof. With the purlins cogged over the principal rafters, cleats are fixed against the purlins to stop any rocking and the braces nailed down onto the top of the main rafters.


Timber frame wind bracing

Lovely curved wind bracing not only looks good but also provides vital resistance against racking forces.


Castle Ring Oak Frame Rob Dawson and team

Andy, Dani, Jake and Rob having a quick break and doing some posing.


timber frame pegs

Back to work driving in the 600 or so hand made oak pegs and feeling the whole frame tightening up.


Oak frame house

The weather just gets better and better.


Self Build Timber Frame

Time for some more posing with Phil (the modest one).


Castle Ring Oak Frame

As the sun fades and brings to an end a hugely satisfying frame raising.

Mar-02-15 a las 11:31 am Jowl Post. Sin Comentarios
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