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Timber Construction for Architects and Builders 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070245808
ISBN-10: 0070245800
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While written in a conversational tyle, Timber Construction isn't lightweight. In addition to useful drawings and photos, there are also excellent checklists for designers and specifiers. Particularly impressive were the well-illustrated chapters on fasteners, connectors and traditional joinery.

An accomplished architect and specialist in timber design, Goldstein is passionate about the creative potential for architectural expression in heavy-timber structures. Although there is a tremendous volume of technical and practical information here, there is throughout an enthusiasm for the potential of timber construction.

Anyone who works with wood, either as a designer or builder, will find something new, useful and exciting in these inspiring pages. -- Fine Homebuilding

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A well-framed blueprint for success. In use since ancient times, yet gradually supplanted by steel and concrete, timber framing is once again surging in popularity. This comprehensive, hands-on guide, filled with practical architectural, engineering, and construction guidance, brings you up to date on design, materials, codes, and applications. With expertise from a leading timber architect, a top designer/builder of heavy timber frames, a wood scientist, and several renowned timber engineers, this book provides a conception-to-completion professional blueprint essential to anyone interested in or involved with timber construction. You get detailed information to help you: understand wood structure and properties; prevent wood degradation; design for durability; develop traditional and contemporary joinery; configure heavy timber trusses; use new materials, such as fiber-reinforced glulams; plan fabrication and erection, at the shop and in the field; understand engineering/construction interactions; identify maintenance, evaluation, and restoration issues; estimate and bid timber construction projects. PLUS: case studies of existing timber structures; graphs and charts for preliminary design; numerous photographs of details and assemblies.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mcgraw-Hill Construction Series
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (November 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070245800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070245808
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Each chapter in this book illustrates some aspect of modern timber engineering. The early chapters introduce the reader to the basic properties of wood. From then on, the reader is treated to subjects such as the depredations of termites, wood construction and fire safety, the value and limitations of mechanical connectors, the use of timber trusses, the earthquake resistance of wooden structures, and the value of shop drawings in construction.

The branch-trunk junctions of living trees are an example of moment-resistant joints (Chapter 2, page 13 therein). A good tutorial on the flexure of a beam is provided in Chapter 5 (pp. 15-16 therein). A simple model, consisting of sheets of paper, illustrates how the layers of the beam variously go into compression, tension, and/or shear.

There is a chapter (Chapter 7) on traditional joinery, written by Ben Brungraber. The main focus is on mortise-tenon joinery. Chapter 15 discusses covered timber bridges, notably the Town lattice trusses. There is also information about a video on the construction of a modern Town-lattice-truss covered bridge. I have seen this video, and found it quite fascinating.

This is not an engineering book. There are only a few sections that are quantitative, and the mathematics used is straightforward and well-described.
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By Jayne on October 14, 2013
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Good illustrations and very detailed. But there are some typographical errors which I am sure the typist does not realize, but it makes the math faulty. You have to pay attention.
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By C on February 1, 2013
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This is a nice book for someone who is interested in the major construction of buildings with timbers. This is really geared towards architects and is a textbook, yet easy to read.
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