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Custom Timber Frame Design: Oak Barn

By Margaux Friant on February 01, 2016

Every Vermont Timber Works frame is custom. That means, as the client, you get to plan the shape of your frame, and decide on the wood species, the timber texture, the joinery style, and the truss design. Some of the design decisions are more complex than others and Derek and Sue, our sales reps, are skilled at working with clients throughout the entire process. This series of posts is going to cover, on a high level, design decisions that were made for 6 different custom timber frames. Check out more Custom Timber Frame Design posts here!┬áThis week’s post is for an oak barn.

Pick Your:

  • Site Location
  • Wood Species
  • Timber Texture
  • Frame Style

Project Name:

Rich Barn

Site Location:

Auburn, PA



custom timber frame wood species oak

Oak is a strong hard wood. It’s usually more expensive than hemlock and pine and less expensive than douglas fir. There are different types of oak: red oak, white oak, and mixed oak. The Rich barn was constructed using white oak. White oak is the strongest oak and the most expensive. It’s very weather resistant.


Rough Sawn

wood beam texture rough sawn

The timber in the Rich barn is rough sawn, which means it was used in the frame as it arrived from the mill. The texture of rough sawn timber depends on the type of mill it was delivered from. A mill with a circular saw will leave round blade marks on the timber, and a mill with a band saw will leave straight, smoother marks on the timber.


Modified Hammer Beam

Custom Timber Truss Hammer Beam

The rich barn has modified hammer beam trusses that span 40′. They are reinforced with steel tie rods.


custom timber frame oak barn

The completed barn has rough sawn oak timber and modified hammer beam trusses.

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

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  1. Oak is strong hardwood.A great informative blog posts.Thanks for sharing. Nice photos too.

  2. Kim Bass says:

    #furniture #homedecor #interiordesign #reclaimed

    We make reclaimed furniture that would go beautifully in your to Timerframe homes
    Feel free to contact us for pieces you see on our website or to create a custom piece.
    Thank you,
    Kim Bass

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