As I posted earlier, I am building a shade structure that will become a gazebo once the house is built. For now, it will be a place to work out of the sun.
Here is the drawing. There will be some tweaks along the way, but essentially it will be like this. Timber framing joinery is planned as this structure must be disassembled and then reassembled later.
Once I had the lumber rack on the truck (sans paint - too windy), it was time to make a lumber run. I can tell you those 16' 4x4's are heavy!
Timber framing joinery is mortise and tenon for the most part. Here is my test tenon on a scrap piece of 4x4. Haven't done any woodworking in a coon's age. Haven't done any timber framing in 20 years or more. This is fun.
Then the mortise. I bored 4 1" holes for the 2" square tenon.
And here is the test fit. The post will also be housed a 1/2" deep. I'll do that when the post fits. This was a test to make sure I had the tools I needed (being as most of my tools are in two zip codes.) and that my process was workable without being unnecessarily tedious. The joint is tight for now, but the wood is pretty green. I am happy that the concept has once again been proven and I have a process for each of the 4 vertical posts. Each fit will be specially trimmed until it slips together like a velvet glove.
Ahhhh... this was fun. Think I'll do some more tomorrow.
AND, there was a reward for my efforts. The first raspberry of the summer.