Saturday, September 27, 2008

A bracing experience...

Inset cross bracing is old-fashioned but very sturdy. Learning to do it well takes some patience, and you have to be handy with tools.

In Yorkshire, if a worker is clumsy, we call him "cack-handed," a term that comes down to us from ancient Anglo-gaelic and is best left untranslated.

Our barn-builders proved, for the most part, not cack-handed at building frames and cross-bracing them. We still have a few frame sections to make, but it won't take long next week to finish.

The practice at chiseling out insets for cross-bracing will stand us in good stead when chiseling out mortices.

I ordered the 6 by 6 and 6 by 8 lumber for beams and posts, dug out and sharpened my framing and skew chisels, and will buy a new auger bit today.

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