This 250-page workbook includes comprehensive technical information on the joinery, design and construction of traditional timber frames. Illustrated with 230+ photos and CAD drawings, the book includes frame plans, design and engineering formulas, rule-of-thumb design and engineering guidelines, shop setup, builder's math, joinery design criteria, practical timber framing tips, tools and more. Intended for architects, engineers, builders or aspiring owner/builders. Throughout the book, Chappell shares an infectious love of the art and craft of timber framing. A journeyman carpenter would be able to cut a timber frame with the information presented in this book. . . His comprehensive 'Joinery Design', 'Tension Joinery', and 'Roof Framing & Truss Design' sections are technical enough to hand to your engineer, but also comprehendable by the layman." -- Fine Homebuilding Magazine
John from Hohenwald, TN
I am a carpenter searching for a more sustainable way to build my family a home, something that could last for generations. Timber framing seemed out of reach with its intimidating size and joinery but I wanted to learn more. Well more is what this book gave me, a lot more! It is incredibly comprehensive. The author shares his experience and knowledge in a way that anyone with a high school degree, or even less, can understand and make real use of. He is obviously passionate and extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of building magnificent structures. This is not a general overview, but more closely related to a college 100 level course. From timber selection to trigonometry you won't be let down by the wealth of information contained in these pages. This workshop, as it truly is, is a must read for anyone seriously considering building a timber frame home and will be used as a reference guide by me as I build mine.