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Sill Beams

Another clear and bright day on site with a biting easterly wind that chills the fingers rapidly!

Today has seen the continuation of work on the sill beams for the eastern end of the building.  These large timbers are being jointed using simple lap joints to form strong corners.  Eventually they will be mortised to take large tenons from the corner posts that will lock everything in place.

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It is important that these joints are well fitted to provide the necessary strength at the corners.  Adzes have been used to finish these joints and it is impressive to see how quickly our fantastic volunteers are developing their skills with traditional tools.

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Work has also begun on the first wall post.  Posts will be joined to the sill beam by a mortise and tenon joint.  Evidence for mortise and tenon carpentry survives from the Neolithic period in Germany.  The tenon on the base of each post is made by cutting notches with axes, splitting out the waste and finishing with a sharp edge.

Another productive day! Well done.

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