I have been a member for a while now, however never made posts.
I have developed a general knowledge for timber framing after reading A Timber Frame Workshop by Steve Chappell and Timber Frame Construction by Jack Sabon.
I am planning a timber frame project to serve the purpose of a shed/ small garage/ small barn for myself. A year ago I purchased an assortment of timbers from a gentleman who was unable to complete his project. The purchase included about 100 white pine timbers ranging from 12-18'; most are 8x8s, 6x8s, 6x10s, 7x10s, 6x12s and 8x12s.
I have been designing a frame by incorporating ideas I like from other completed projects. Some things I like from other frames include: the tie beam at least 9' above floor, clear spans without center posts in the middle bents, high posted capes allowing for the effect of a knee wall in loft area, lean-to for allowing storage of tractors and equipment.
Currently, I have been designing an 18'X24' high posted cape utilizing a queen post truss design, with a 10'x24' shed lean-to on the side. I have made some drawings which I will upload later.
Something I would like to utilize is my access to a friend's steel fabrication shop. I would like to incorporate steel threaded rod for any areas where there is zero compression. As a side thought related to the incorporation of steel, if possible I would also like to fabricate any steel brackets that be useful such as floor joist hangers.
I would like to hear any input from members as I am in the currently in the planning phase of my project. If anyone has examples of steel incorporated with high posted capes, or similar frames, I would greatly appreciate anything you can share.