A Cherry Cruck Frame part 6: Laying out the plates

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These aren’t your ordinary plates. A roughly 24″ diameter cherry log, 29′ long and all but straight was milled in half and set to dry for about three years in the driveway.

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It takes major machinery to move these timbers.

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This is the refined concept. The plates sit on four posts and and carry the 7 round rafters. They run the length of building on either side. They actually  informed the length of the structure, with the butt ends showing 10″ in the front, and terminating in the two unusual gunstock posts in the rear.

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The first step in preparing the timbers is to mill them. Followed by planing, planing the wane, finally sanding.

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Putting a centerline on both sides is just the first step in layout.

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Then the locations for post mortises and rafter housings can be sketched out.

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Once the post timbers are cut and decided the precise layout can begin.

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When the layout has been verified, cutting of the mortises is first.

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Jigs are critical!

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These mortises need to be deeper than the mortiser can reach.

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Cutting the housings.

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Just beyond the wane.

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Working on ‘Santa’s sleigh’!

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Next few steps take place in the shop.

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Cutting the rafter pockets went faster with the chainsaw.

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With some planing and sanding the rafters fit smoothly.

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The brace pockets are left…

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…and some finishng touches

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Off to the raising!



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