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Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft Paperback – Sep 1 1981


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprinted edition edition (Sept. 1 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684172860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684172866
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boston Globe If you've been in an old barn and marveled at the great beams and posts, then you know what a timber frame is....Building the Timber Frame House...is a brilliant book on two levels, as a history and philosophical raison d'etre of timber-frame construction...and [as] a no-nonsense, how-to guide.

Building and Remodeling Instructions are so complete that if you have (or can command) basic carpentry skills, this could be your sole house-building source.

Popular Science A delightful handbook.

About the Author

Tedd Benson is the founder and owner of a post-and-beam construction firm in New Hampshire. A builder for ten years, he has specialized in timber framing for six.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daiku on Sept. 19 2001
Format: Paperback
Timber framing is my hobby, and I own several books on the subject, but this has always been my favorite. The how-to section is very thorough, and includes information on tools and techniques. The author's enthusiasm for the subject is what really makes the difference, though. The sections on history and woodworking are especially good. If a friend wanted to try timber framing, and asked me which book to buy first, I would pick this one without hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LGabe1111@AOL.Com on April 24 1999
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My wife and I built a hybrid timber frame home using this book as a guide. Although we have construction skills, this book was invaluable in guiding us through the process. We can't wait to build another. We highly recommend this book to anyone considering a timber frame house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Koykka on March 7 2011
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Building The Timber Frame House begins with the history of timber framing, and maintains it's grass roots feel throughout the chapters. Information is well grouped together for quick reference. The pictures have a sketched look rather than a sharper autocad look, yet they are still clear and understandable, but in some instances could be bigger to avoid information crowding. Benson covers material from foundations to fibre failure with alacrity.
Very Enjoyable - Robin Koykka
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The author is very clearly a passionate person who is well versed in the history or the craft and writes in a way to inspire.
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