Perhaps the biggest delay causing sticking point in a new Post and Beam Barn Project, or any project for that matter, is not having the right barn building tools to do the job.
You can have all the material ready, and think you have every tool you need on the job, except for that one essential barn building tool that you forgot you needed, or didn't even know you needed in the fist place.
That happened to me on the first barn
I knew I needed a hammer drill, to drill holes in the concrete, so that we could attach our U brackets to the concrete with wedge anchors.
So I rented a hammer drill for a day so that we could get all of our drilling done in one day, and we did... Why buy a tool when I am only going to use it one day right?
...Except there was one pier that the
concrete guys had neglected to pour!
Having to rent that barn building tool for an extra
day meant I had to spend the same amount on tool rental as I would
have had to spend had I decided just to buy the hammer drill in the
And then I would have owned the drill,
instead of having to take it back to the rental store... :-(
I decided that this time I would buy
the hammer drill.
If I needed it again, I wouldn't have
to spend all that time driving to the store, renting the drill, and
driving all the way back to return the rental.
Besides, If I ever decided I didn't
want to own the drill anymore, I could sell it and get at least some
of my money back, which is never the case when you rent a tool.
Now don't get me wrong, I love renting
big machines for a few hundred dollars, that cost tens of thousands
of dollars to buy, that saves a ton of money! But, those are
specialty items that wouldn't make sense to buy, like a telescoping
fork lift, or a man lift.
But a small hand or power tool on the other hand has a small price tag to purchase compared to a high cost to rent. So it makes sense just to buy that tool, so that you have it when you need it.
One time I rented a large Makita saw, the same kind I use to cut beams for my barns... But the rental tool was really old and worn out, it wouldn't make a square cut no matter what I tried!
I would have been better off to buy a
new one... You would think I would have learned this lesson the first
time! So again, I ended up buying a new one, and boy am I glad I
That new Makita, cut through those
beams like a hot knife through butter, and every cut was square and
smooth as a babies bottom.
Check out the video below to see my Big Makita in Action!
I can't tell you how many times, way back when I started doing my own projects, that I found myself short on tools.
Just because I didn't know I needed
I wish someone back then had put
together an essential list of tools that I needed to do that job. It
would have saved me so much time going to the hardware store.
Time I could have spent working on my
That is why I have put together a list
of all the essential tools you need to build your new post and beam
Not only that, but I have put them all
in one place where you can order them right off Amazon and have them
shipped to your door!
You don't have to worry about not
having the right tool, because you have everything you need listed
out for you!
Think of all the time you will spend
building your barn instead of hunting for tools!
Here is my list of essential Barn Building tools.
***Please note: Our full barn kits are only available within a limited shipping area. We are sorry if you are out of that shipping area, we are working on solutions for you that would include, hardware packages, templates for cutting your own timbers, lists of local timber suppliers, lists of local contractors, etc. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on the progress of these resources.
Nov 18, 17 06:23 PM
The barn is a combination of hand hewn beams and rough sawn rafters, purlins and flooring. There is a hay loft in the eastern 1/3 of the barn. The barn
Nov 06, 17 03:47 PM
This large barn has a lot to offer! One half of the historic barn dates to pre-civil war with hand hewn beams. The other historic half is also very old
Oct 14, 17 09:08 AM
Built in 1930. Approximately 40x60, poplar board wood siding weathered grey, sawn beams 8x8 2nd floor loft 1/8 falling down because of storage that has
Oct 12, 17 09:01 AM
This old 1890's barn is in original condition and never painted. The two sides were additions using the lumber from the original barn. Had wood shingles
Oct 05, 17 04:57 PM
We just completed the barn raising on the Bellweather Historic Barn Frame dated 1864. This barn measures 40'x62' and is located in Wakeman Ohio. The crew
Oct 03, 17 10:10 AM
1860’s Barn frame for Sale Ideal for an event, structure, house, or studio. 40’x80’ 5 bent hand hewn native hardwoods 11”x11” timber frame, excellent
Sep 27, 17 12:02 PM
I have a 40x50 bank barn for sale. Built 1874, 10x10 main beams. Slippery rock PA. Beautiful structure. Not sure of wood type. Roof is in good condition,
Sep 20, 17 08:50 PM
Looking for general quotes on removal of an old bank barn and an old small barn (formerly used for a granary), along with their foundations (concrete,
Sep 09, 17 12:23 PM
Our 1860's homestead has a dilapidated barn. The stone house on the property was built in 1867. We determine the barn to be the same period. Roof collapsed
Aug 27, 17 10:39 PM
It's a stately old 36x46 wide barn that has been weathering gracefully most of it's long life. It's waiting for someone who would humanely disassemble
Aug 19, 17 04:28 PM
My wife decided we need some chickens for our little farm so I told her I'd build her a coop. After looking at multiple designs I fell in love with the
Aug 15, 17 02:39 PM
Timeless Barn Company, LLC has for sale a circa 1850s timber frame barn. This barn is located in Clinton County, Indiana and must be moved as the land
Aug 09, 17 09:33 AM
Timeless Barn Company, LLC has a 22x14 timber frame up for sale. $15,000 plus shipping to your site. Timbers are clean, sound and ready to go. Rafters
Aug 04, 17 02:02 PM
For sale: Melvin's Cabin Melvin's Cabin is a 24x24 small barn with 8x14 hand hewn beams. It was built in the 1800s and is reputed to have been a one
Aug 03, 17 04:06 PM
**Ohio Valley Barn Salvage** Barn conversion frame for sale at Ohio Valley Barn Salvage. True 40'x60' 1870's all handhewn barn frame. Bent layout is 14'-14'-16'-16'.