Friday, 27 November 2015

Douglas Fir Scissor Trusses and Wallframe

We've just designed and raised a nice set of 4 scissor trusses, 2 of which sit over a fully glazed wall frame as shown here. This was always going to be a job for Douglas Fir, not only because the customer specified it, but also because its inherently more stable nature is arguably better suited to this kind of work. It's lighter weight also meant we could raise the trusses by hand rather than needing a crane and the extra expense that brings.
We're also looking at making an adapted scissor truss for the glazed gable frame. It'll need some interesting shaped pieces of glass and some careful detailing, but will make for a really nice light source and intersting feature in the gable.
As always, the site is a work in progress and doesn't warrant photos yet...but some day I'll be back there to see it as a finished work.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Finished but unseen - Trusses and Staircase

We installed these green oak trusses into a renovation project over 18 months ago, and then went back to make a solid oak staircase in late summer last year, but only recently did we get to go back and take some photos worthy of showing the work in the right light. I always enjoy revisiting previous work, and seeing them in a finished portfolio has too many pictures of oak frames with scaffolding and cement mixers in the background.
I don't often suggest oiling the oak frames that produce, but since the staircase warranted a protective finish, this customer decided on oiling the trusses too. I think the effect is a good one, and sets the timber off nicely against the crisp white plaster behind.