In the old days of the barn raising events, many neighbours would assemble and lift the frames with ropes, pulleys, and human power. This may be done nowadays, but for safety reasons, a crane is often used to lift the large timbers while the crew of timber framers secures them into place.

After the first bent was braced to the subfloor, connectors were slotted into the bent and pegged. Then the second bent was flown into place and the connectors were fitted into it and pegged, making the first free-standing section of the building.