Timber frame barn conversion #3: The barn an update

So the repair work on the barn was moving along nicely and apart from the ridge and one purlin the repair work is done and awaiting the new sections of the frame going in.

When we seperate our building from the neighbours it became apparent that his gable end was in a sorry state. This brought our job to a firm holt as they had a scaffold put up that sat there for four weeks before any further work was done on the gable.

I have got the front wall plate near perfectly level from one end of the building to the other. Front to back is miles out and there’s very little I can do with this aspect of the building.

So going forwards what’s the plan? Well I have the new frames partly ready to go it it’s going to be a very long weekend and will come down to the 11th hour getting the new gable frame tallied off ready for fitting on Monday. I’ve assembled a mottley crew of four of us for Monday so that’s my deadline. I would have liked more time with the whole frame in my shop but financially I had to get other jobs done and time wise we have already delayed the electrical hook up that is going in the end of the extension wall, a wall that currently does not exist. This work has been rescheduled for 10th of July.

Once this gable frame has gone in and the stud work fitted so the opening for the metre box can be installed, it will be back to the shop to do more timber frame work. I hope by the end of July to have the framing finished and the roof on at a stage ready to hand over to the roofing contractor to tile.

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oldrivers ...

Looks like you still have a lot of opportunities that will keep you busy for quite awhile. I will be good when you get finished and have a happy home owner to praise your good work.

Whitacrebespoke ...

I will be busy for a good while yet with this one. Delayed the frame raising today as I have fallen through the scaffold at the back of the building that was modified and made unsafe by the neighbouring builders. Who to be quite honest are sharks and cowboys. Client is providing the scaffold as they want it at cost so I’ve had the scaffolder out today and he will rectify the now dangerous structure and we will go again a week Monday.

This new setback has made me really consider throwing the towel in once the framing is done.

oldrivers ...

Be careful the last thing we want to happen is for you to get hurt. It seems that some jobs are doomed from the beginning and they last for ever, I have been there and done that so I can feel your discouragement with all he set backs. Be of good cheer the Sun will come shining thru. May have to add the ectra cost to the home owners bill.

Whitacrebespoke ...

The cost will be lost in some where not sure where and at what stage though. I think the front doors and windows might be going up.

Brian ...

Big job. Stay safe.

That’s a beautiful display of hand tools there. Not many framers where I work carry an axe and a 2 foot long chisel in a belt sheath. Actually, make that none. :-)

Whitacrebespoke ...

Thanks Brian, it’s a slick and that ones nearly 4inch wide. Perfect for flattening surfaces. As for axes I’d never be with out one while framing.

Brian ...

If I showed up to one of my jobs with an axe, I’d probably be arrested. LOL

Anyway, it would have to be extra sharp for metal studs. ;-)

Whitacrebespoke ...

Aye a bit crude for steel studs.

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

That is quite a project , keep up the good work

Whitacrebespoke ...

It is Bruce I’m still plugging away at it I’ve done some more but client seems to think it’s all too slow. We raised part of it last Monday. Still no wall or roof sheathing boards that I asked to be ordered for a May delivery I will be pulling off the job again soon.