I had the job of making three oak frames this week. They were quite simple, two were simple sides and a top and the other frame had a middle upright in it. The timber I used was large though and the one was 6.250m long and 250mmx250mm, some quite heavy stuff!
As the timber was so heavy this meant that I couldn't test any of the mortise and tenons so I had to make sure I knew they'd fit before we lifted them into place.
|My stack to timber to work with|
|Cutting the tenons|
|Mortising the largest timber. The mortises were through mortises so I had to bore down from both sides.|
|My slightly damp work area|
|Adding the pins to the bottom of the oak to make sure it located properly on the concrete slab.|
|The first, smallest frame in.|
|The third and largest frame. We lifted this in with straps and the 360 digger.|
|Considering I couldn't test the joints I was happy with the results.|
|Good tight joints are what I like to see.|
Once we'd lifted all the frames into place I was quite relieved at how well they'd fitted! There is nothing worse when there is a group of you fitting your work if it doesn't go together well!
These beams will get sanded up and oiled before we're finished