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Posted by Keith Risser on August 27th, 2002 09:10 PM
In reply to Building your own by Billy on August 23rd, 2002 11:54 PM [Go to top of thread]

Jason - Billy's answer flows along my line of thinking. The project you define is a DIY's dream! As long as you know this is a relatively long-range project. Felling the timber, squaring it, sticking it (for drying), and detailing it for mortise and tendon framing are all time consuming and demanding. They say hardwoods will air dry at the rate of one inch per year. Typically 8" or greater timbers are used. Yes, it makes a tremendous structure. I build an aggressive timber-frame in the Baltimore-Washington area of Maryland. It took me four years to accumulate the timbers. They were all cusom-sawn by Amish sawyers in Southern Maryland. These timbers are not something stocked by anybody. You can do what describe and I wish you well in this endeavor. Have lots of time available and sleep well. Your back will need it! Best of luck. CHEERS! -Keith Risser-

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