We had a big stack of lumber delivered a few weeks ago so I sharpened up my chisels and dusted off the chain mortiser and got to work.
Here’s a time lapse of cutting the joinery and raising the first section of the porch:
And here are some stills with more details:
|It’s feel good when piles of lumber show up but it feels even better when they disappear.
|It didn’t take long to get back in the groove of laying out the timbers.
|Drilling peg holes
|Cutting the tenon cheek
|Making kerf cuts for the tenon
|Cleaning up the tenon with a chisel and mallet
|Using the tenon checker to make sure there will be a food fit.
|Shaving off the corners of the tenon to make things easier on raising day
|This time around I did a light sanding of every face of each timber to removing markings and discolorations.
|I had some light duty sanding belts that I fairly quickly had to swap out.
|Brains, it’s what’s for dinner
|Staining the knee braces and rail components
|Installing the first section of porch
|Everything fits pretty well so far
|Porch raising day. Dropping the posts into their assigned positions
|The real test would be getting the beam
|Cody persuades the beam the last bit of the way into position.
|Jean cleans up a mortise and Michael and Cody pre drill the peg holes in the knee braces.
|Cutting the other mortise I missed.
|Raising the beam on the north wall.
|Last beam of the day. The post in the center is for the railing and and non-structural. I just wanted to put it in place in case I couldn’t after the beam was installed.
|Securing the beam to the adjoining beam.
|I don’t know. Perhaps some safety demonstration of what not to do?
|The front(north) porch
|The lap joint on the beam on the north side. The two joints are secured from the top with Timberlok screws.
|The main approach to the cabin