We are slowly getting through the mountain of repairs required on this timber frame. A lot of previous repairs have been done with some sort of soft wood possibly a spruce or Scots pine and it’s not stood up all that well. Theres some pieces that have a pink heart that are sound so I think they are larch or Douglas fir.
Today the bricklayers we’re back to put the piers in the right place for the front posts so lots of time spent marking out for them.
Between the torrential rain show
ers I managed to get the scarf joints cut on the rear wall plate so that is that section complete. Although there is a couple of other places that need repairs now.
I also had time to finish the short piece of wall plate on the end near the new block workgable. This end is going to give me issues I can see. the original tying timber that was built into the original wall and dovetailed into the wall plates has been hacked out by previous people. All that was holding the plates in place was a thin piece of pressed out steel. So two new galvanised steel straps will be nailed to the timbers and bolted to the blockwork with rawl bolts. The purlins have also been strapped down to prevent them lifting in the wind. On the back side the cement mortar has been removed from around the timber and replaced with lime mortar thus giving a breathable surround to the timber.
Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.