Archive for the ‘Timber Frame Design’ Category

Chester, NH Covered Bridge

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

A few snaps of recent shop drawings for the Timber Framers Guild (TFG) covered bridge project in Chester, NH. Design and Engineering by Fire Tower Engineered Timber, production drawings, modeling, and detailing by Mike Beganyi. Project sponsored and organized by the TFG.

I brought the engineering team’s 3d solids model into SketchUp, cleaned up the geometry, and working from notes and sketches modeled the joinery and steel connections. Using LayOut I created the 2d shop drawings, adding text, notes, and dimensions. Depending on schedule, I hope to make the drive over to see the final days of assembly and installation.

Poland Reconstruction

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The fine folks over at the Timber Framers Guild honored me with a request to prepare a set of shop drawings for a reconstruction project in Poland. Follow along here, on the project blog, and even in the New York Times.

I worked with the engineering team, taking the raw design model and modeling all the typical joinery in SketchUp. From there I detailed and noted in LayOut, then output to PDF. We had 2 sets of drawings – imperial units for the primarily US based lead team, and metric units, for the powers that be in Poland.

Construction Details

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

New project taken from start to finish in SketchUp and LayOut. Construction details were a pleasure to model and annotate – and I’ve gotten comments that this has been an easy (and simple) set of drawings to work with and understand. I had the pleasure of working with the esteemed Fire Tower Engineered Timber on this project.

Heartwood 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Another great SketchUp session at the Heartwood School. Add in a single speed mountain bike ride, catching up with an old friend who took the course, dinner with my hosts, and a group outing to the Dream Away… just a perfect way to spend a few days in the Berkshires.

SketchUp + Layout

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


Taking a project from concept to presentation using SketchUp and LayOut. After some stumbles, some test plots and some thought about work flow – I have to say I’m happy with the results. These float somewhere between traditional CAD drawings and hand work – and I love being able to add some color and 3D elements to otherwise lifeless building section details. I published these to a PDF set of drawings and tuned the textures, line weights, and fonts to work as color or black and white prints. Full size is 24×36 – and these are JPGs from PDFs.






TFG Eastern Conference

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Virtual joinery, shop drawings, and the core of using SketchUp for timber frame design.

Virtual joinery, shop drawings, and the core of using SketchUp for timber frame design.

I’ll be teaching a SketchUp preconference workshop at the Timber Framer’s Guild Eastern Conference. I’m stepping in for Clark Bremer who had some last minute plan changes and will not be able to make the trip. The course is filling fast – sign up with the TFG – I hope to see you in Saratoga!

Way Back

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I found a few pics scanned from slides to CD of my formative timber frame years. The snap below is from a barn repair and conversion I collaborated on outside of Columbus, Ohio. The hewn oak swing beam is 12″ thick and 24″ tall at the center. The posts are gunstocked in the direction of the plates and there was an interlocking tie / plate / post joint to bring everything together.

Swing beam - typical of Bent 2 and 3. Hewn white oak.

Swing beam - typical of Bent 2 and 3. Hewn white oak.

Recent Work – Salina, KS

Friday, May 29th, 2009


Private Residence in Salina, KS.
Architect – David Exline
Builder – Bill Davis of Davis and Associates
Timber Frame – Mike Beganyi / New Energy Works
Timber Frame Materials – Douglas Fir and RF Dried Douglas Fir
Photos courtesy of David Exline.

Roof Carpentry

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Found via a link from the Timber Framer’s Guild Design Forum.

A Small Office

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A project on the boards for a small office located in Brecksville, Ohio. The building is sited in a flood plain and overlooks a wonderful creek – so we will be creative with the landscaping and what will appear to be a massive native stone foundation. I’m working out a timbered deck for the creek side of the building, and we are discussing solar on the south roof. The building will feature a timber frame core and loft with a series of work rooms under timber trusses. We’re planning a SIP roof and conventionally framed walls with cellulose insultation. Lots of stone and wood on the exterior and a collection of built in furniture and work stations throughout.

I’m working through the bulk of the project in SketchUp in an attempt to integrate as much of the drawing and detailing as I can into the live 3d model of the frame and shell.