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Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam Building (A Garden Way publishing book) [Paperback]

Jack Sobon , Roger Schroeder
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (Dec 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882663658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663654
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discusses the basic tools and techniques of timber framing and provides instructions for building timber frame houses, sheds, barns, and garages.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, eminently practical, introduction 21 July 2002
This is very much a hands-on book. It follows the American East-coast tradition of rural timber framing. The techniques are described with reference to a simple project, a small toolshed.
For once, the seemingly-mandatory section on the trivial basics of the tools is thankfully short. Some knowledge is assumed, but not much. If you have a modicum of skill and this book, then you can build yourself a toolshed.
It's nice to see a framing book that doesn't stop at the frame. Options for cladding and roofing are described, both from a historical perspective and also some of the more modern and better insulated options. It assumes you're building an unheated shed though, and doesn't describe the issues of chimneys and habitable windows that would be needed for full-blown housebuilding.
The book has its failings. It isn't a historical review of the techniques, it's inaccurate in its description of pre-colonial European framing, and it entirely ignores Japan. It's a book for the D-I-Y framer, not the historian. There's a lot more to framing than just the American Square system, and if this were the only book you read, then you might get that impression.
One omission is that of detailed calculations for loading, deflections and ultimate strengths. The author's assumption is that we'll only ever want to build a shed, and can simply follow their designs. Some discussion of how to go beyond this would have been welcome, even if it's just enough to stop the floors bouncing.
This isn't the only book that a serious framer will need, but it's a very good start for the amateur.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Off to a good Start. 1 Nov 1998
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" Timber Frame Construction " provides a good basis of knowledge for the expeirenced builder intrested in learning post and beam joinery , from the history of the craft to tools and joints. I found the book a valuable source for my project.
On the down side I could have used more explanation on what joints to use, the best cutting sequence and a greater description of where not to use them.
Overall though I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timber Frame Construction 18 Aug 2013
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Because of my interest in timber and in particular old timber construtions this book was of great interest to me.The right price and delivered on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 10 Feb 2013
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Highly recommend. This is one of my favourite books to refer to, it has heaps of good info and is a must if timber frame is youe game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Post and beam by experts! 4 April 2011
This is a great book with lots of detailed pictures to back up the script. Should be on every timber framers shelf or, for that matter, anyone who is considering having something built in this method too. Very good book.
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