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Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft [Paperback]

Tedd Benson , James Gruber , Jamie Page
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Book Description

Sept. 1 1981
For centuries, post-and-beam construction has proved to be one of the most durable building techniques. It is being enthusiastically revived today not only for its sturdiness but because it can be easily insulated, it is attractive, and it offers the builder the unique satisfaction of working with timbers. Building the Timber Frame House is the most comprehensive manual available on the technique. In it you will find a short history, of timber framing and a fully illustrated discussion of the different kinds of joinery, assembly of timbers, and raising of the frame. There are also detailed sections on present-day design and materials, house plans, site development, foundation laying, insulation, tools, and methods.

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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 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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Timber Framing Book Sept. 19 2001
By Daiku
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Timber Framing March 7 2011
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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