Today was a historic day in the “Strawtron” building timeline — we began timber framing and building our house platform. Yahoo! A few nights ago, we got our delivery of massive sill beams and floor joists, including some honking 8×12 white oak beams at 16 feet long each — requiring no less than ten people to carry them 30 feet into our newly erected “wedding tent”, the temporary shade/weather structure we constructed for our Timber Frame Workshop.
Tom Cundiff came out and guided us in laying out the giant 8x12s, and then we got to using our boring machine (a Millers Falls boring machine that we acquired last year through craigslist), hand saws, and chisels to start cutting two scarf joints. The photo above is our very first handful of chips, generated from the Millers Falls machine. Love that oak smell.
Exciting times are in our future. The plan is to construct the floor platform (including the reclaimed tongue and groove flooring) prior to the workshop, so that we can focus on the most important part of the frame during the course.
It was a great day, full of work and excitement for what is to come.
Keep tuned in for more timber framing news and updates.