May 13, 2018

This is a fairly major part of the whole project - the framing of the new oak frame that will form the basis of the rear extension. 

Here is a model of the actual frame design.  Its made up of 3 bays, with the first two bays forming the dwelling. The 3rd bay will be lef...

May 13, 2018

Now that all the cross frames are done its time to turn our attention to the roof - namely the purlins and windbraces which will in turn support the oak rafters. 

Here the stub ties are being fitted into the wall plates. A dovetail joint stops them from pulling apart. 

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May 13, 2018

I thought this cross frame deserved its own post because it looks so flippin' awsome! This is the last truss to frame and will form the opening to the full height porch which opens out to the garden - a real focal point of the frame.  Its different from the other cross...

May 13, 2018

Now that the both side walls are complete its time to begin the first of four cross frames. As usual the main component timbers the make up the cross frame are laid out for measuring and marking. 

 Here the principle rafters and the stub ties have been cut and assembled

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May 13, 2018

The first sections of the frame to be built are the side walls. We're working on on side wall at a time. Here the joints for 'top plates' have been cut out and the four posts are ready to be marked and cut by transferring the shape of the the top plate down onto top of...

May 7, 2018

This is last major part of sole plate repair - a nice straight run of sole plate and a couple of posts which have rotted away along the front of the cottage. 

Below you can see the first post repair and the second one on its way - just in the process of cutting back to...

May 7, 2018

A quick update with some more photos of the final structural oak repairs in the dining room of the old cottage. These consist of creating a new upper and lower doorway which will give access to the rear extension (both upstairs and downstairs), plus a little bit of rep...

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