We've found that our kiln-drying process works best when the boards have been air dried for a period of time beforehand. As you can imagine, the air drying of timber boards takes up a lot of space. In an effort to maximise our air-drying capacity we have started to build our own Timber Air Drying Shed. Phase 1 took just two days to complete, producing a sturdy traditional framework constructed from our air dried oak beams.
Tony positions the first section of the air dried oak beam framework using the forklift truck
The beams have been machined with traditional draw pegged mortise and tenon joints
Tony attaches a temporary thin batten to level up the side supports
Made to measure - the tenons are perfectly positioned to ease into the mortise on the front framework
It's a two man job to adjust a hardwood frame of this size - Tony and Jason have it well under control
The forklift finishes the job off nicely - pushing the front framework into place - with assistance from Jason
Now for the roof slats! We reckon our Managing Director Tony's hands-on approach in business is pretty unique
Just two days later and the framework for the air drying shed is complete - now for phase 2!
Our air drying shed is being constructed using our hand planed air dried oak beams. The beams could be used in a similar way to produce a bespoke hardwood gazebo, pergola or carport. If you have a Spring project in mind, and would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.