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Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and wooden pegs, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship and training, as well as much time and expense. However, there is another way...

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us describes the timber framing methods used by most contractors, farmers, and owner-builders, methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws, and common sense building principles to accomplish the same goal in much less time. And while there are many good books on traditional timber framing, this is the first to describe in depth these more common fastening methods. The book includes everything an owner-builder needs 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 consdierations
  • the common fasteners.

A detailed case study of a timber frame project from start to finish completes this practical and comprehensive guide, along with a useful appendix of span tables and a bibliography.

Highly illustrated, this book enables 'the rest of us' to build like the professionals and will appeal to owner-builders, contractors and architects alike.

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About the Author

Rob Roy is a former contractor with twelve previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715080
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark Niawt on August 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Some great nuggets of info but fails to deliver the "How-to" that the title hints at. I was dissappointed and am now looking for a "cookbook" or "how-to" style book.

I can not recommend this book.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Del Mack on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
While this book does cover the general building process, I feel it does not go into enough detail. While talking about timbers and larger pieces of wood, the charts in the end are all for regular 2x wood. There are so many references to other works where info can be found, that the whole read felt like one large advertisement (many for the author's other publications). Needs more detailed sketches, diagrams, and important detail pictures, and less useless pictures taken from too far away to be useful.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By mikathem on December 29, 2004
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This book is written in a very easy to follow style. The concepts all come across as clearly and the illustations do. There is loads of informative content for the alternative builder who is concerned with incorporating natural building methods such as straw bale construction, cordwood masonry, and cob building into thier home. What makes this book stand apart from other texts on the subject is its emphasis on the use metal fasteners to achieve a strong well built frame. While most other timber framing books use joinery that requires a high degree of craftmanship this book uses simpler techniques that the non-professional can learn quickly. It is great for the "do-it-yourselfers" out there that want a book that makes sense! Highly recomended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doh on December 4, 2009
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Roy brings out new home building books every year, it seems. The last few years have seen major treatments of all his basic building strategies, timber, earth, log ends. The new books are handsomely produced, up to date, and comprehensive.

With timber frames there are several major threads. The uber domestic architecture movement, based largely on church architectural norms, very difficult to home build. The modernist post and beam thread, now out of favour; And the domestic level shorter post and beams method designed for home architecture. This book is mostly towards the latter thread, with additions as required. In other words, even a person working alone with modest tools can do these builds. (Other good books in this scale are Sobon's books that cover traditional settler forms for modern makers, and Mitchell's West Coats classic The Craft of Modular Post and Beam. Sobon's diverts from simplicity in favour of some of these older forms, and Mitchell in favour of West coast style, though they are both still practical)

Often the glaring omission in timber frame books is the lack of any engineering treatment of how to size beams. This is a major stuff where the fancy frames are concerned, but it is within the realm of possibility for simpler homes. Roy covers this ground simply, and it is essential stuff for anyone who wants to do some design work before talking to the local planing office or a professional architect. This chapter can be skipped, but ads to the comprehensiveness of the text for those in need of the information.

One doesn't have to be planing a house to use this book. Timber framing is a practical form for smaller buildings like sheds, workshops, picnic shelters. Due to their scale these structures can often be timber framed within the span of only a few posts and beams of dimensional lumber, saving money with an elegant approach, and increasing interior space.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tosatomo on January 5, 2013
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I find most of the books by Rob, an interesting read, but would not recommend this one if you want to learn real timber framing. I am a traditional timber wright and have been part of countless timber frames. This book has nothing at all to do with traditional timber framing, and in many ways, is an affront to the art and craft of this most noble of building methods. I am certain that Rob's intent of the book is to add folks in building with large timbers, but if you take from the title that this is about traditional timber framing, you will be disappointed. I personally would, if you are interested, find a book on the actual craft. This book is more about using metal fasteners to build rustic large timber structures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Adams on June 8, 2009
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Author did not use enough examples, really only sited building one structure. It was imformative though.
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This book has some good pictures and some good info on how to accomplish several areas of timber framing. But it is NOT as advertised--a complete "how to" book teaching how to build a complete timber frame cabin or small home. It's just not there, it's false.

What you do get are some good pictures of various other builders' cabins, or parts of cabins. It is interesting, but I'm looking for a more COMPREHENSIVE source of timber framing information; that is, a real "how to" guide, step by step, and sadly, this smallish book is not it.

A much better book, a real "how to" guide I found is "Short Log & Timber Building Book" by James Mitchell, also for sale at Amazon. A real "how to" guide.
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So like many other people I was interested in Timber framing but not so interested in the massive amount of work needed to be done by hand prior to putting the building up. I picked up this book because it sounded like the perfect book for me. I found it way too general in all. The book was interesting, but certainly not enough that I feel like I could go build a Timberframe for the rest of us with. I found most of the pictures and topics were taken from other books. If you are looking for a good book buy A Timber Frame Workshop by Steve Chappell. Most of this stuff came from there anyways.
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