Our level best
Tuning up to cut a frame…
…and leveling up a lot with long pine timbers. This will allow us to more accurately layout and mark our oak framing timbers for joining. Hewing and pit-sawing, while time-tested, leave framing timbers which are imperfectly squared. The timbers must therefore be scribed to their individual joints. That is to say, a tenon cut on the end of one post is meant to fit only that single mortise for which it is scribed to fit. It cannot be moved to another mortise and fit properly. While this is a very foreign concept to the modern stick-framer, this traditional method of framing is as much a part of a 17th-century carpenter’s tool kit as his chisel and mallet.
We got down on site first thing this morning, so we could stretch the historical milieu a little and use a couple of spirit levels and tapes.
If anyone asks, it was all period-appropriate levels, doublets with a thousand buttons, and Early Modern English–