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How to Securely Install Post Brackets for Barn Building: A Step-by-Step Guide

For a standard Post Bracket installation, position your wedge anchors diagonally across from each other in the slots on the U bracket’s tabs. This method provides a balanced, sturdy attachment. When dealing with corners, it’s tempting to cut the U bracket

Cutting Timbers in Advance: What is the best size to cut?

Question: Aaron- Thank you for all the helpful info on your website. I just recently purchased a bandsaw mill and am going to start cutting timbers for later use. I am years away from thinking about a specific barn design but know I want to create these post and beam...

Plank Frame Barn Construction: A Deep Dive into John L. Shawver’s Book

John L. Shawver’s “Constructing a Plank Frame Barn,” Forever changed the way farmers build barns.

Barn Plans and Outbuildings | by Orange Judd Company, published in 1886

Barn Plans and Outbuildings is a book that provides a wealth of designs and plans for constructing barns, outbuildings, and other farm structures. Originally published in 1881, this book offers a unique insight into the architecture and construction of these essential structures during the 19th century.

Barn to Barndominium, The Secret’s in the Loft

Hey guys, Barn Geek here. This knee wall is one of those difficult things to translate from plans to real-world scale. That knee wall on the plans looks short, and people might think they won't have much room. I am approximately 5 foot 10, or 5 foot 8. This is our...

Taming SPRING POLE Widow-Makers for a Safer Timber Harvest

As you harvest timbers for your barn project you will inevitably encounter a very dangerous situation in the woods called a Spring Pole. There are videos on youtube that discuss spring poles but most of them approach it by using two different cutting techniques. DO...

Is Cottonwood any Good?

Hey, folks! Barn Geek here, and in today's video, we're tackling the installation of these floor joists. You might remember seeing them in a previous video where we showcased these Cottonwood floor joists. It's been a couple of weeks since we installed them, and...

The 15 Dollar Concrete Pier

In today’s video, we’ll be pouring more concrete piers for the footings of the lean-tos in our Timber Frame Barn project. So, let’s dive into making our own sonotubes using a plastic barrel. A 15-gallon barrel will yield about a 14-inch sonotube. Measure 12 inches for...

Trammell: 60×60 Gable Horse Barn in Arkansas

Jared Trammell Posted to the Barngeeks DIY Facebook Group 2/22/23 60’ x 60’. Oak frame, pine and oak girts and purlins, pine decking, oak board and batten sides, 12’ bent spacing. Horse barn plans with several mods. I asked a bunch of questions before starting. Many...

30×46 Gambrel built with local lumber

Michelle Johnson Posted to the Barngeeks DIY Facebook Group 2/22/23 We hired a contractor friend to build our Barn Geek 30 x 46 Gambrel barn…and are so happy with how it turned out! We used locally milled rough cut Douglas fir and sealed the exterior with a product...

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Barn to Barndominium, The Secret’s in the Loft

Hey guys, Barn Geek here. This knee wall is one of those difficult things to translate from plans to real-world scale. That knee wall on the plans looks short, and people might think they won't have much room. I am approximately 5 foot 10, or 5 foot 8. This is our...

Taming SPRING POLE Widow-Makers for a Safer Timber Harvest

As you harvest timbers for your barn project you will inevitably encounter a very dangerous situation in the woods called a Spring Pole. There are videos on youtube that discuss spring poles but most of them approach it by using two different cutting techniques. DO...

Is Cottonwood any Good?

Hey, folks! Barn Geek here, and in today's video, we're tackling the installation of these floor joists. You might remember seeing them in a previous video where we showcased these Cottonwood floor joists. It's been a couple of weeks since we installed them, and...

The 15 Dollar Concrete Pier

In today’s video, we’ll be pouring more concrete piers for the footings of the lean-tos in our Timber Frame Barn project. So, let’s dive into making our own sonotubes using a plastic barrel. A 15-gallon barrel will yield about a 14-inch sonotube. Measure 12 inches for...

How to Build a Post and Beam Barn: The Basics Step by Step

Welcome, folks, to the exciting world of post and beam barn building! In today's adventure, we will unveil the secrets of constructing your own post and beam barn or a modified timber frame structure. Let's dive into the step-by-step process to empower you to build a...

 Ancient Jib Pole, A Game Changer for Your Barn Project

Simple Jib Pole saves Your Back and Your Wallet!  My sister and her husband are building an off grid Barn Home, AKA a Barndominium on a raw piece of land, this will be their forever home. Their plan is to do so with as little cost as possible, while maintaining a High...

How To Install a T Plate

How to Build a Post and Beam Barn Video Series, Installing T Plates.

Timber Shed Kit Dog Kennel

This is a 12x16 Timber Shed we are building for our dogs based on our shed plans. Part One covers the frame construction. Part Two covers the roof and floor. Check out our sheds here

How To Set a Tie Beam

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How to Securely Install Post Brackets for Barn Building: A Step-by-Step Guide

For a standard Post Bracket installation, position your wedge anchors diagonally across from each other in the slots on the U bracket’s tabs. This method provides a balanced, sturdy attachment. When dealing with corners, it’s tempting to cut the U bracket

How to Build a Post and Beam Barn: The Basics Step by Step

Welcome, folks, to the exciting world of post and beam barn building! In today's adventure, we will unveil the secrets of constructing your own post and beam barn or a modified timber frame structure. Let's dive into the step-by-step process to empower you to build a...

Building a Barn: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever dreamed of having a quaint little barn in your backyard? Have you always wanted to have a spacious workshop? Building a barn is a great way to add huge amounts of value to your property, but the construction process can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry!

Free Pole Barn Plans

How to get Free Pole Barn PlansAre you looking for free pole barn plans? Maybe you need some ideas and inspiration on planning your dream barn. If this is true you have come to the right place! We are offering several free books to download that are packed full of...

How To Set A Post

How to set a post, and install U Brackets in Your new BarnThe following two videos show in detail, how to install foundation U brackets, and how to set a post. If you have any questions on this process, just let me know.How to set a postGet access to more videos like...

How To Install A T-Plate

How to Install T plates on the Posts in Your new BarnThe following two videos show in detail, How to Install T plates on the Posts in Your new Barn. If you have any questions on this process, just let me know.How to install T PlatesGet access to more videos like this,...

Horse Barn Designing Planning

Horse barn design and layout planningWhy would you want to build a timber frame horse barn? Many people choose to board their horses, but there is nothing as wonderful as looking out your window and seeing your horse frolicking in the pasture. When you choose to house...

Gambrel Barn Plans

High Pitched Gable Barns One of the Oldest Barn Designs.Here you will find several gambrel barn designs. The gambrel roof became popular on barns after the American Civil war. The Gambrel barn allowed farmers to increase the size of their loft space without making the...

Gable Barns

High Pitched Gable Barns One of the Oldest Barn Designs.These traditional post and beam barn kits are inspired by the old high gable barns found near the Grand River in Michigan. High pitched barns are one of the oldest barn designs. Farmers of old needed a very steep...

Free Barn Plans

Free Barn Plans BooksWhile doing my research years ago on Old barn Designs, that I could bring to the modern era, I found tons of cool old books full of old Barn Plans, Innovations, and ideas. In the past I just had links to those books on this page, but now I have...

Step 1: Understanding the U Bracket

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Cutting Timbers in Advance: What is the best size to cut?

Cutting Timbers in Advance: What is the best size to cut?

Question: Aaron- Thank you for all the helpful info on your website. I just recently purchased a bandsaw mill and am going to start cutting timbers for later use. I am years away from thinking about a specific barn design but know I want to create these post and beam...

read more
Barn to Barndominium, The Secret’s in the Loft

Barn to Barndominium, The Secret’s in the Loft

Hey guys, Barn Geek here. This knee wall is one of those difficult things to translate from plans to real-world scale. That knee wall on the plans looks short, and people might think they won't have much room. I am approximately 5 foot 10, or 5 foot 8. This is our...

read more
Taming SPRING POLE Widow-Makers for a Safer Timber Harvest

Taming SPRING POLE Widow-Makers for a Safer Timber Harvest

As you harvest timbers for your barn project you will inevitably encounter a very dangerous situation in the woods called a Spring Pole. There are videos on youtube that discuss spring poles but most of them approach it by using two different cutting techniques. DO...

read more
Is Cottonwood any Good?

Is Cottonwood any Good?

Hey, folks! Barn Geek here, and in today's video, we're tackling the installation of these floor joists. You might remember seeing them in a previous video where we showcased these Cottonwood floor joists. It's been a couple of weeks since we installed them, and...

read more
The 15 Dollar Concrete Pier

The 15 Dollar Concrete Pier

In today’s video, we’ll be pouring more concrete piers for the footings of the lean-tos in our Timber Frame Barn project. So, let’s dive into making our own sonotubes using a plastic barrel. A 15-gallon barrel will yield about a 14-inch sonotube. Measure 12 inches for...

read more
Trammell: 60×60 Gable Horse Barn in Arkansas

Trammell: 60×60 Gable Horse Barn in Arkansas

Jared Trammell Posted to the Barngeeks DIY Facebook Group 2/22/23 60’ x 60’. Oak frame, pine and oak girts and purlins, pine decking, oak board and batten sides, 12’ bent spacing. Horse barn plans with several mods. I asked a bunch of questions before starting. Many...

read more