Heavy Timber Dining Hall

Deer Lake Dining Hall

Finished frame with diners

Deer Lake Camp is in Killingworth, CT. It is a heavy timber frame dining hall built for the boy scouts and enjoyed by both boys and girls of all ages. It has a great wrap around porch, and wide open spaces inside for campers to have their meals. A stone fireplace fits the timber frame perfectly. It is constructed using traditional joinery and features elegant wood ceiling beams.

We worked with Bismark Construction CompanyHuetis Tucker Architects, and engineers from Eagle Hollow Design on this project.

All of our frames are handcrafted to meet exact project requirements, and we enjoy working with our clients to make sure the details – from design to finish – are just right.

With over 26 years of experience designing, engineering and building custom timber frames, we can assure our clients that our frames are the best in the industry.

If you like this timber frame, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or ask an expert!


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Exterior of Deer Lake Dining Hall

Across the Lake

Exterior of Deer Lake Dining Hall

Timber Frame Entryway


The completed project shows off decisions that were made early in the process, like which style of joinery to use. The Deer Lake frame was constructed traditionally with mortise and tenon cuts that are secured with hardwood pegs.

Interior of Deer Lake Post and Beam Dining Hall

Dining Hall Interior

Interior of Deer Lake Dining Hall

Entry Door

Post & Beam Dining Hall Exterior with Porch

Post & Beam Porch

Timber New England Dining Hall on the Water

Lake View Of The Dining Hall

Interior of Deer Lake Dining Hall with Fireplace

Window Wall

Stone Fireplace in the interior of the Deer Lake Dining Hall

Stone Fireplace

Interior of Deer Lake Dining Hall

Post and Beam Aisle


After a timber frame has been fabricated in the Vermont shop, our crew often travels to the job site to assemble and raise the frame. The same people who cut the frame do the assembly.

Timber Framers Preparing to Raise Dining Hall Frame

Truss Assembly

Dining Hall Roof Beams

Roof Rafters & Girder Truss

Timber Frame Assembly

Crane Raising Beams

Dining Hall Wood Ceiling Beams

Frame Under Construction

A Close Up of Timber Joinery on the Deer Lake Frame

Traditional Joinery Close Up

Connecticut Timber Frame Under Construction

Setting A Bent

Frame Assembly

Winter Construction of Heavy Timber Dining Hall

The Completed Frame

Interior of Dining Hall with Finished Timber Frame

Interior Under Construction

Interior Wood Beams

Wood Beam Interior

Wood Ceiling Beams

Completing Construction

Post & Beam Entry Beams

Post & Beam Entry

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The timber frame design process involves a series of sketches and review with the client and their architect — including a 3D model of the frame — until there is an approved final design. With the final design, detailed 2D shop drawings are created and used to fabricate the frame.

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