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Makita Chain Mortiser

Makita Chain Mortiser Review

Used for thousands of years by woodworkers around the world, the mortise and tenon joint is both simple and strong, and a critical link in building a timber frame. You could do it the old fashioned way with a drill and chisel or a boring machine, but it would be more time consuming. However, an innovative […]

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t-rex post and beam connector

The Difference Between Timber Framing and Post and Beam

What is the difference between timber framing and post and beam? Many people have a hard time distinguishing between the two methods of building with heavy timbers.  Primarily the difference is with the connections. Timber Connections Timber framing is a method used by our forefathers and their ancestors, who brought with them the skills used in Europe and other countries for centuries. Using traditional wooden joinery to […]

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Jake Watching a Raising

What Happens on Raising Day

It’s finally happening – raising day!  Your dreams are about to become reality. After all the agonizing, discussions and re-assessment, you’ve finally gotten everything together. Now it’s time to build your home. This is pretty exciting for everyone, and there’s a lot going on. Understanding something about this next phase should set your mind at […]

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