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Stiperstones frame raising


Last Thursday we were due to raise two small oak frames adjoining a property on the edge of the Long Mynd. Three years in the planning, Trish and Gary’s project had finally reached a point where they would get to see some oak!

Photos of the frames in our workshop:

woodworking

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Rob Dawson Castle Ring Oak Frame

Oak frame house

Oak framed house

The Beast From The East had passed through leaving it’s trail of magnificent destruction from Siberia, snow drifts had melted, scaffolding was readied, Trish’s biscuit tin was full, what could possibly go wrong…..

As we left Castle Ring early on the day of the raising, all seemed set fair, but trundling over the Shropshire hills towards the Stiperstones, a few intermittent snow flakes developed into something a little more sinister, and by the time we had climbed up to the edge of the Long Mynd, there was a ground covering of the white stuff. Needless to say, the crane got stuck, we got stuck, the haulage company delivering the oak got stuck, and by 9am we had called off the raising – for the first time ever. We grumpily slunk back home and licked our wounds over the weekend, wondering whether Trish and Gary would ever get to see their sunroom and extension.

The answer was yes!

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Lean to gable framed by a beautiful blue sky

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Lifting the first crossframe into place. Sometimes it’s easier to preassemble rather than craning each piece in at a time

Oak framed sunroom

There she flies. We’ve attached the ridge brace too to save time

What is that??

Castle Ring Oak

Castle Ring Oak

Assembling and pegging up a complete crossframe for the extension

The main extension gable frame comprising 14 pieces being put together on trestles

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Castle Ring Oak frame

The strength of Jake. One handed!

Castle Ring Oak Frame

The last ridge piece being lowered into place. Gary capturing the moment

Castle Ring Oak

Oak extension

Scaffolding can be annoying sometimes. There’s an oak frame behind there somewhere

Oak Frame sun room

The joisted mezzanine in the extension

Oak framed house

Adam pegging up

Oak frame extension

All done. Stiperstones just visible in the background

Yesterday we finally got the frames up and it was a beautiful clear and still day. Jake, Adam and I assembled the sunroom first by midday, and finished the extension in the afternoon. Trish and Gary had rinsed the biscuit tin between Thursday and Tuesday which nearly resulted in a walk-out, but thankfully fresh supplies were commissioned, along with a delectable lunchtime spread of goodies to keep us all going. Thanks Trish!

We ran out of time to fit the rafters, but will be back to finish off tomorrow – probably too late for the biscuits though…..

Back to the Stiperstones today to finish fitting the rafters. Bit soggy

Kitchen extension

Common rafters and rooflight openings

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