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Build a Classic Timber Framed House

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Jack A. Sobon 1994
Paperback, 8.5"x11", 202 pages

We have carried this book since it came out in 1994 - and it is still an elegant, clear, concise treatise on timber framing. We love this book!

From the back cover:

The timber-framed home is attractive, affordable, and easily expand ded to meet the needs of a growing family. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you can build your own class timber-framed house--one that's enduring, and features a level of craftsmanship rare in modern construction. Following the traditional "hall-and-parlor" home design, architect and builder Jack Sobon carefully and clearly explains
  • finding the ideal building site
  • creating the master plan
  • selecting the best tree species
  • hewing and milling timbers
  • assembling the frame
  • installing wall sheathing, windows, and doors
  • designing and finishing the interior
  • expand ding on the plan
One of the best-known and most distinctive figures in the timber-framing revivial, Jack Sobon knows how to make home building affordable with economical hand tools, by taking control of the processing of building materials, and through using local inexpensive supplies.

The basic house design of this book is easily adapted to meet different needs. Sobon's practical advice incorporates the latest knowledge on building a healthy house, integrating natural systems, and finding effective home heating solutions.

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If it is for sale in our store -- it is because we use it and love it!

We are happy to share our experiences with these tools which may enhance your own. Given care, maintenance, and love, each of these fine tools is capable of lasting a lifetime. We do limit warranties to those offered by our supplying manufacturers. If ever you have a question or concern regarding any of the tools we sell, please let us know.

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These tools, toys and supplies are in constant use by our students, timber framing crews, and family. At Shelter Tools, we have a working knowledge of every product we sell. Graduates will find particular items recommended in class and on site.


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