The 7.8-amp, 4 3⁄4 inch Makita 9741 wheel sander ramps up to 3,500 RPM and delivers professional-grade timber cleaning and grain raising tasks. The strategic design allows woodworkers to negotiate deep corners as well. Makita didn’t appear to be interested in creating a tweener product when the power tool-maker brought the 9741 wheel sander to market. […]
The average do-it-yourselfer may not have a pressing need to fill a cache with a lot of specialized tools, but timber framers and log home builders may want to consider a good chain saw beam cutter. Many pros discover this need after approaching a thick beam with a circular saw from both sides. Somehow, that […]
Brad CorkillBrad Corkill is president and owner of Whiteman Lumber Company, in Cataldo, Idaho. The mill was started in 1928 by Harry Whiteman, and is now the oldest continuously-operating sawmill in the state. Whiteman Lumber supplied mining timbers for Sunshine and other Silver Valley mines until the sagging mineral market and environmental regulations caused the […]
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 […]
(Dai) Yoshito Ona founded and leads Daizen Joinery, located on the shores of the South Thompson River in Kamloops, British Columbia. They are a specialty timber frame operation that carefully balances precision technology and superior hand craftsmanship to deliver the finest quality timber frame construction in Western Canada. Dai discovered log building in an unusual way. He […]
While non traditional, this king post with steel all thread uses metal and a stub tenon to tie everything together and allows faster cutting, fit up and assembly. This has become more and more common as the number one way to handle this joinery situation. It also minimizes the amount of wood that is taken out of the king […]
Often we find ourselves with a large amount of tension in some connections involving the roof loads and it is necessary to add some steel instead of relying on wooden pegs to do the job. This is not just a new age practice but one that has been around for a long time. An easy […]
It is often the case when you have two or more plates or beams coming together into a post to use spline joinery in place of a tenon. The thought process being, if you put a tenon on the end of both beams you risk taking too much “meat” out of the post that you create […]
As its name implies this tie beam to plate tying joint, unites a tie beam, plates, rafter and posts all in a compact structurally sound way. It utilizes a spline to tie the plates together and traditional mortise and tenon joinery to complete the rest of the joinery.
This rafter to tie beam connection, strong and simple to cut, joins a rafter to a tie beam in a wide variety of truss combinations. The notch is what creates the strength in this connection. It uses the roof pitch on the inside edge and a 45 degree angle on the outside of the notch.