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.
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I noticed on one of the pictures for a Gable Barn you show dormers. Can they be added to plans? I don’t see any plans with dormers. I want to build an
Mar 14, 18 01:45 PM
For sale is a 1917 post and beam barn completely dismantled and ready for re-erection as a barn home. The barn is labeled and blue printed and treated
Mar 14, 18 01:37 PM
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Feb 28, 18 09:24 AM
This late 1850’s barn measuring 38’x76’ is the small sister to the New Washington frame. Built in the same time period and about 8 miles from the larger
Feb 28, 18 09:22 AM
This late 1860’s barn frame measures 26’x50’ with an attached 18’ x40’ storage area. Both frames are handhewn and are original. This master barn builder
Feb 28, 18 09:21 AM
This early 1860’s measures 30’wide x 46’ long. The bent layout 16’-16’-14’. This frame is just the right size for a retirement home. Uprights measure 9”x10”
Feb 28, 18 09:20 AM
This late 1850’s frame measures 30’x50’. It has all handhewn timbers measuring a full 9”x9”. The bent layout is 20’-15’-15’. The roof design is queen post.
Feb 28, 18 09:19 AM
This late 1840’s frame measures 46’x70’ with NO CENTER SUPPORTS. Located in the Dayton area this barn was constructed by a master timber frame builder
Feb 28, 18 09:15 AM
This late 1880’s frame measures 36’x52’. The barn has beautiful full size 9”x9” circle sawn beams thru out. The frame is all oak. The bent layout is 16’-18’-18’.
Feb 19, 18 09:16 AM
This early 1850’s frame measures 45’x80’. The bent layout is 24’-16’-16’-24’. Large handhewn timbers thru out. Exterior upright are a full size 10”x11”
Feb 19, 18 09:12 AM
This massive barn frame measures a full 46’ wide by 100’ in length. This is an original build (no additions). The bent lay out is 24’-16’-16’-18’-12’-14’.
Feb 19, 18 09:10 AM
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Feb 19, 18 09:09 AM
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