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Top Ten Coolest Timber Frames by VTW (according to Mike)–#8

By Mike McLaine on February 03, 2015

Top Ten Coolest Timber Frames By VTW (According To Mike) — #8

It’s been a while since my last blog, but continuing on with the countdown we have arrived at the #8 coolest timber frame by Vermont Timber Works–the Dining Hall at Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth, Connecticut. Check out the rest of The Top 10 Coolest Timber Frames (According To Me) here! This is a perfect example of a hybrid-type style of construction, with a heavy timber lower support section, and a conventionally framed roof.

Our 3d models clearly show the timber framing (using for the most part traditional mortise and tenon joinery).  To save costs we designed the heavy timbers for the posts, shed roofs, and ceiling beams (fabricated and erected by us) to work in conjunction with 2x trusses above (unseen from below) which carry the roof loads.

3d isometric of dining hall

A 3d Isometric model of the dining hall.

This view is from the porch looking back.

3d side view of timber framing

3d side view of the dining hall.

Dan Kelleher, one of the owners of VTW (seen below center right), remembers the job fondly.  “It was very secluded and had difficult access through a residential area,” Dan says, “but once you got to the camp it opened right up.  It was a very nice and quiet jobsite.”

Building timber bents on site

Raising crew building bents on site

One of the things I love most about VTW is how efficient we are on site.  From the moment we get to the jobsite and unload the truck, we are motivated to get that frame together and up in the air.  It is a fact that a lot of the other trades on site are surprised by how quickly we put our frames together.  This is due to the fact that most of the work has been done in our shop before we even leave North Springfield.

Pulling the timbers together

More bent building by the site crew

This is a nice shot–it must have been from on top of a bent already in the air:

Bent ready to raise

Bent ready to raise

I know I was on that job site because my green hunter’s jacket is sitting on the table in the foreground.

Crane day

Crane swinging a column into place

We’re like the Postal Service:  “neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night”.

Box is up

Raising is coming along

The column details for the stand offs on this job were pretty neat, steel bolted to the bottom of each column.

Back wall installed

Back shed roof installed

This picture shows the decking installed on the walls and ceiling.

Decking installed

Decking installed on walls and ceiling

What a nice space when it has been completed.

Finished frame with diners

Dining Hall at full capacity

Finished building

Another shot of the finished interior

I can imagine the lodge teeming with campers coming back in from swimming!

Exterior shot of timber frame

Exterior of dining hall

Exterior shot of dining hall

Completed building

Thanks to our friends at Huestis Tucker Architects and Bismarck Construction for making this a successful project.

Thank you for stopping by our timber framers’ blog! If you like this project, or have any timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact, ask an expert, or share your thoughts in the comment section below!

1 comment
  1. Sandy (@sandyconnolly) says:

    Great post Mike and you sure were on this job site. This however – might be my #1 pick – anyone know why?

    Doug will be able to guess this one!!

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