Timber Framing For the Rest of Us
a guide to contemporary post and beam construction
by Rob Roy
Post and beam frame structures are integral parts of many building methods, but they require a high degree of craftsmanship, training, time and expense. Until now there has been no authoritative guide for how to use available alternatives.
Time Framing for the Rest of Us is the first book to describe in depth the timber framing methods used by most contractors, farmers, and owner-builders--methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws, and commonsense building principles to create post and beam structures in much less time. The book includes everything an owner-builder need to know about building strong and beautiful structural frames from heavy timbers, including:
- the historical background of timber framing
- crucial design and structural considerations
- procuring timbers--including different woods, and recycled materials
- foundations, roofs, and in-filling considerations
- descriptions of the common fasteners
Highly illustrated and practical, the book includes a detailed case study of a timber frame project, a useful appendix of span tables and a bibliography. Enabling "the rest of us" to build like the professionals, it will appeal to owner-builders, contractors and architects alike.
Rob Roy is a former contractor with eleven previous books to his credit. He has been utilizing timber framing techniques for the past twenty-five years in the construction of homes, as well as in numerous outbuildings at Earthwood Building School, which he founded in 1981 with his wife Jaki.
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