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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Oversize Trade PB 5th pr edition (Jan. 5 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882663658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663654
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“If you’ve ever dreamed about building with timbers, this book will convince you that this method is not only beautiful and practical, but often less expensive than “stick building.”  Includes dozens of illustrations and photos.” – Countryside & Small Stock Journal

 

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If you have only dreamed about the beauty of building with timbers, this book will open your eyes. It will convince you that this method is not only practical today for homes and other buildings, but often is less expensive than "stick building."

Timber frame builder Jack Sobon and writer Roger Schroeder offer a book for builders as well as those wishing to have the work done for them. Here is practical how-to for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method. It offers:

 

- The basics of timber framing.

- How to design for strength and beauty.

- How to combine modern tools and time-tested methods.

- A starter project: How to build a 12 x 16 garden toolshed.

- Dozens of illustrations and photos that make it all easy to understand.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 18 2001
Format: Paperback
I have bought probably 10 books on timber framing and ended up building my own 2000 sf timber frame barn. I went back to this book more than any other becasue it covers the basics so well.
If you're looking to attempt a fairly straightforward project without any real complex joints or design, this is probably the only book you'll ever need - a great primer and a great basic reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By azimuth@sunshine.net on Nov. 1 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Macdonald on Aug. 12 2009
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I found this well reviewed book a bit confusing. First is the title: timber frame and post and beam are not the same thing. Timber framing uses no nails, bolts or other hardware whereas post and beam uses hardware extensively. To clarify this book I would get Tedd Benson's Building the Timberframe House and Rob Roy's Timber Framing For The Rest Of Us first to get a good handle on the subject. Still, this is an excellent effort, with some subjects that are given little space in the other two. If you read all 3 then you have an excellent foundation and will be ready to Build The Shed, a chapter in this book that is worth the price alone. [...]; all of these books talk about many tools but not many are needed for the jobs we will typically do in our own timber frame construction. All in all an excellent book by excellent craftsmen, just don't rely on this book alone and you'll be fine. BTW, I am building my own shed, using the chapter in this book and straw bale walls. I'll tell you how that goes when it's done... =)
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
The best place to start Sept. 18 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have bought probably 10 books on timber framing and ended up building my own 2000 sf timber frame barn. I went back to this book more than any other becasue it covers the basics so well.
If you're looking to attempt a fairly straightforward project without any real complex joints or design, this is probably the only book you'll ever need - a great primer and a great basic reference.
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Off to a good Start. Nov. 1 1998
By azimuth@sunshine.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
" 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.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Linchpin for starting a timber frame project Jan. 9 2007
By Timber Framer Apprentice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a sound investment for anyone interested in building a timber frame structure. I had no experience building with wood prior to deciding to build a small timber frame cabin in Maine. I spoke to several timber framers and they all suggested I purchase this book as a reference manual for my cabin project. Mr. John Sweet of Sweet Timber Frames had a copy that was so worn from use that I knew it must be a good reference. Every phase of building the cabin has had its challenges; this book has made what would have been an impossible job an attainable dream. I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about building a timber frame structure. Thanks to Mr. Sweet for recommending it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very informative, even for beginners May 4 2009
By Jennine L. Wardle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had some standard stick-framing experience, but the world of complex joinery used in Timberframe Post & Beam always confused me. This book broke it all down into very digestible chunks, with lots of pictures and diagrams, as well as information about how and why to use different joins. Even though I won't be using a traditional bent system or squared timbers, the principles and basic joinery illustrations in this book will definitely help me design and construct a strong and sturdy frame from the trees on my property.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Book, easy to understand while still be thorough Jan. 12 2012
By Kyle Huff - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers, the history, and how to of timber framing. It has a step by step guide on how to build a 12' x 16' timber frame structure. Covering everything from timber selection, felling, drying, cutting joints, to raising bents. I have had only minimal exposure to timber framing and found this to be an amazing resource to get a better grasp on the general concepts.


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