Japanese Joinery
     
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  The joinery I used is based on Japanese style joinery that is used even today.  I started out by making a couple of trial pieces of all the major joints I'd be using.  That way I would know how each one is laid out, on the wood, and I wouldn't end up wasting a lot of wood. 
The wood I, first, chose was 2"x4"x8' building studs that I ripped down to 1 1/2"x1 1/2"x8" and 2"x1 1/2"x8'.  The 1 1/2"x1 1/2"x8' were used for the Roof Rafters, and the 2"x1 1/2"x8' were used for everything else. After setting up my tent in the rain, I have started to change out all the building studs with double thickness 3/4"x2 1/2" poplar. The only pieces I am keeping in the original building studs, will be the legs and the roof rafters, as they have continued to survive undamaged. Everything else is being replaced year after year as I can afford and have time to replace the parts.
 
     
  Posts  
  The Posts were the first to be built, since they were the easiest to build. The top of every post required a dovetail tendon. The four corner posts required a narrower tendon than the rest of the posts, so I just cut them narrower. Pictures below, are for reference to the differences. The Posts, themselves, are 5'9" tall to the bottom of the tendon joint, and are rectangular in shape. For the majority of the posts, there is a 3/8" hole drilled down into the tendon. The hole is for a pin that holds the bottom of the roof rafters to the tent rim. Again, there is a picture below that shows this detail.  
     
     
  Rim  
     
     
     
  Ridge Beam  
     
     
     
  Rafters  
     
     
     
  End Pieces  
     
     
     
  Spanner Beam and Middle Upright