Building a Saxon House with Hand Tools: Rafters and Roof Frame | Bushcraft Project (PART 4)


Building a Saxon House with Hand Tools: Rafters and Roof Frame | Bushcraft Project (PART 4)

We continue building a bushcraft saxon house in the forest using hand tools only. In part 4 we finish building the timber frame roof and build some rafters. We use log cabin notches to help secure the rafters in place. For each rafter, we de-barked the log with a drawknife to prevent bugs from breaking it down over time. This will help our roof to last longer. The bark peeling jig we made in part 1 of the saxon house build is really coming in useful now. I also made primitive pine pitch glue from the resin that was leaking from pine trees in the area. I melted the pitch down in a tin can over the fire, and then used the molten pine pitch or tar to pour over our exposed mortise and tenon joints. This will help to weather-seal the joints and prevent water and moisture from rotting them away. We also secured the mortise and tenon joints by drilling holes with a bit and brace and an auger, and hammering in wooded pegs. In Part 5, we will be building battening on the roof ready for the final roof material. We will also make a start on the walls. Thanks for watching.

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