Red Suspenders Timber Frames

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Working the post

All of the posts, rafters and purlins are complete and final finishing continues as Richard starts the finished detail work. All of the arch sections and hammer beams have been laid out. Layout work has been completed for all chapel timbers. Most of the work in the shop is now focused on completing the laminated arches, arch sections and hammer beams.

Image Not Available The third laminated arch is moved out of the shop in late evening. Its size demands a lot of care when we move it around.
Will handles the forklift while Keith and Kevin stabilize the arch and set the rigging straps. The tangs of the forklift do not touch the arch as they will damage its surface. The lifting straps fitted to the arch are attached to the forklift tangs and the arch is lifted by the straps. Image Not Available
Image Not Available The next morning, Keith checks Tim's layout on laminated arch #3. He will cut the joinery for arches #2 and #3 today. You can see Tim laying out the joinery detail on one of the hammer beams towards the back of the shop.
Jim continues his work finishing out the tenon joinery on the individual arch sections. He and Arvel are nearing the end of the work needed on these arch sections. Image Not Available
Image Not Available Richard has begun the fine detailing of the chapel post. Here he uses a hand plan to level a very small high section just before an arch mortise seen just to the left of his left hand.
Richard is chamfering an edge on the post. You can see the detail work just under his right hand and above the hand plan. Chamfering the edges of the post gives them a more elegant and finished appearance. Since the arches in the chapel will be the center of attention, detailing the post is like crafting a fine frame for the center artwork. This kind of work requires a skilled touch and a lot of hand work by Richard. Image Not Available
Image Not Available Detailing on Post 2A has been completed. Although difficult to see in this picture, you should notice the chamfered edge on the right side of the post. The left edge remains straight as it will face the wall surface. The straight edge will make a cleaner transition from the wall to the post. The slot you see in the post end is where the foundation anchor plate will be set which will fix the post firmly to the foundation.

All that remains to be done to Post 2A is the application of the wood finish.
Laminated arch #4 has just been clamped down and will cure for the next 6 hours. We will start arch #5 at the end of the day.

I included a slightly larger image of this arch so that you could see the number of clamps needed to apply bending pressure to the laminations.

Completion of arch #4 puts us halfway through the eight laminated arch sections we will build in this fashion.

Work continues on as the number of finished timbers continues to grow.
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