What Kind of Barn Do You Have?
Nails Determing Age
FRAMING: Before 1790, timber was placed one piece atop another and connected
by hand wrought nails. Each piece was individually crafted and fit in only one
place in the frame. These are often found with "marriage marks", the 24" mark
and layout from the drive.
RULE FRAMING: After 1790, the square rule was used for joinery layout. Angle
braces and quite a few parts of the frame are standardized using the square and
fit in many multiple locations. To get standardization, joints are often "let
FRAMING: After 1850, the circular saw standardized piece size based on
maximizing the timber. Whereas the labor costs had been high in the early days,
lumber costs now exceeded labor costs which were less due to the circular saw.