Makita 9741 wheel sander

Tool Review: Makita 9741 Wheel Sander

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. […]

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Whiteman Lumber Company

Spotlight: Brad Corkill and Whiteman Lumber Company

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 […]

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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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Dai Yoshito Ona

Spotlight: Dai Ona and Daizen Joinery

(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 […]

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Hardware Timber Frame Spline Joint

Spline Joinery

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 […]

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