I came across the volunteer opportunity in one of my natural building forums to build a pavillion that will serve as a meeting area and dining hall at the Community First! Village in east Austin. The village is a development of affordable micro/small homes.
The structure will be timber frame mortise and tenon construction. That means, no nails and no screws. Another caveat is we’re building with hand tools only.
|Demonstrating cutting out a joint on drop in floor joist.|
|Once the joint is cut to depth, you use a chisel to knock out the piece you don’t want.|
|Planing the joint to level.|
|Smoothing out the curve|
|Lots of floor joists.|
|Using a hand drill to notch out the sill plates. These drills are hundred years old and surprisingly easy to use and control.|
|Notching out the floor sill plates. The ends of the floor joists will drop into these notches.|