OAK! What a treat - not that I want you to make a habit of this - but working with oak has been great. I spent days sharpening all my tools - chisels, planes, saws - in preparation of what this iron-like, beautifully tough and strong wood would do to my tools.
Oak is so tough that I could go right back to the traditional methods. I hardly used any screws but pegged the joints instead and hand-planed all the sawn timber before building the sections into the frames and doors and making up windows I want.
Below you can see the gable end frame laid out and a close up of three timber sections meeting at the eave plate.
I have a nice collection of old tools that friends and family have bought me over the years.
I just had to get a photo of my using the old bellows - to blow the dust from the bore holes before gluing up the pegged joints.
Next weeks’ blog - see the finished oak structure I’m going to build in Gloucestershire.