Once all the notching was done, the
timbers were loaded up and
transported to the site for assembly.
By the way, this truck, a 1961 Chevy
apache was used to haul all the trees
from various parts of the land to the
home site. We live is an area with a
lot of steep hills, yet this truck never
failed to drag even a 500 lb tree
uphill on first gear.
It is important to mark the
timbers so they can be
assembled without confusion.
Using cement blocks and
whatever else that was handy,
the frames were raised to about
a 30 degree height before hoists
and pulleys were utilized to lift
them up. I used floor timbers as
foot stops for the frames to keep
them from sliding forward.
It is imperative to estimate the
distance from the top plate to
the first top log in order to
figure out the length of the
stopper rope which will be
pulling against the direction
that you are lifting the frame.
Without the stopper rope, the
frame will simply fall forward
once it is fully erected.
As you can see, this frame is
fully braced from all sides. It
weight about 450 pounds. I
used ropes to hold these
frames up because I needed
enough movement between
the frames to allow for the
second floor timber joists to
be inserted into their proper
You can see the foot stoppers in this
photo. The second floor bedroom
grooves and the knee brace notches are
also visible. Eventually, the foot
stoppers were replaced with 7"x7" floor