Wood framing shop moves to town
A new business in the Estacada Industrial Campus is building custom wooden structures and frames.
Framework Plus, owned by John and Diane Pederson, arrived in Estacada last month. John initially started the company in the family's garage in 2001, later relocating to Gresham and more recently, Estacada. The business is at 985 N.W. Noble Drive, Suite D.
"We've grown from a two car garage to a 6,000 foot shop," John noted.
Timber framing, which is the company's specialty, utilizes large timber, wooden pegs and holes. Additionally, Framework Plus utilizes mortise and tenon joints rather than nails or screws to ensure that their frames stay together. In a mortise and tenon joint, the tenon is inserted into the mortise hole and is held in place with glue, pins or wedges.
John noted that while typical building frames are covered, timber frames remain on display.
"I relate what we do to building furniture on a large scale," he explained. "All of the designs are meaningful for both aesthetics and strength."
Framework Plus works on a variety of structures, including houses, pavilions, barns and fireplace mantles.
The company ships kits for projects around the country, and current projects for the company include structures for food carts and several backyard pavilions. John and Diane estimate that half of the projects are local, and half are shipped out of state.
"They're becoming more commercialized, but there's still a lot of pavilions and deck and patio covers," Diane said. "The scope of projects is growing."
Since moving to town, Framework Plus has completed several local projects, such as the entryway for McCarthy Manufacturing, their neighbor in the industrial campus.
Both Diane and John noted that they are excited to be working in Estacada.
"The community has been so welcoming and friendly," Diane said. "Everybody has been so great to us. We're very happy to be here."
"We wanted a country rural area," John added. "We hope to move here in the near future."
To celebrate the new location, an open house is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. That same afternoon, there will be a ribbon cutting officiated by the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.
John said clients are a central element of the work they do.
"I love watching clients react when they see a frame go together," he said, noting that clients often become friends. "(The most rewarding part of the work) is the satisfaction of happy clients."
"It's always exciting when out-of-state clients send him pictures," Diane added.