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  • #16

    Re: Timber frame tools

    Originally posted by iamtooler View Post

    I had always heard that boxed heart was inferior timber?
    The best is "FOH" - Free Of Heart but that takes a massive tree for an 8x10 timber of any length. A well milled box heart timber sees the inevitible checking evenly distributed around the four sides. It also reduces the likelihood of grain runnout beyond specs for structural grading.
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    • #17

      Re: Timber frame tools

      Originally posted by wbrent View Post
      I want to try my hand at timber framing this winter but don’t want to break the bank on tools. Right now I’m looking for two items. A couple of spiral drill bits. Large ones. 1 1/4” and 1 1/2” diameter Long enough to go through 6-8” beams. Also one or two matching mortise chisels to match. If there is such a thing. Anyone know where I can source such a thing? New or used. What else would you consider a must have for timber framing. And where would you source it.
      I'm not a timber framer but I have done a bit of it.
      I am using drill bits from a brace and bit - I cut the diamond shaped ends off and chuck them in a drill.
      Not as good as the wood owl bits but would work for practicing.

      I have a few old chisels from ebay/flea markets and 1 robert sorby from lee valley.
      I would recommend just buying the new one and not farting around cleaning old chisels.
      Unless you like cleaning old tools then go for it.


      https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...ortise-chisels


      https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...raming-chisels

      Nathan

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      • #18

        Re: Timber frame tools

        What about the pins or pegs. I suppose I could just buy hardwood dowel. Or turn my own. Looks like some are whittled? Is the draw bore techniques always employed? Any recommendations for a good whittling knife. At least to taper the ends.

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        • #19

          Re: Timber frame tools

          Originally posted by wbrent View Post
          What about the pins or pegs. I suppose I could just buy hardwood dowel. Or turn my own. Looks like some are whittled? Is the draw bore techniques always employed? Any recommendations for a good whittling knife. At least to taper the ends.
          Dowel is usually undersized but can be ok if it's not really important. Draw boring is a good idea and you can just sharpen your pegs with your chisel.
          Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

          http://www.youtube.com/c/DovetailTimberworks

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          • #20

            Re: Timber frame tools

            Here is a rare tilting beam drill;https://www.lespac.com/en/beauharnoi...nt=BTN_Details

            245 dollars, too heavy to ship by mail. I could Potter if anybody wants it.

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            • #21

              Re: Timber frame tools

              One more drill bit question. For those who are using drill bits to clear out mortises. If you have a 2” mortise to cut are you using a 2” drill bit or say a 1” drill bit and cutting twice the holes. I can’t find a 2” drill bit.

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              • #22

                Re: Timber frame tools

                Originally posted by wbrent View Post
                One more drill bit question. For those who are using drill bits to clear out mortises. If you have a 2” mortise to cut are you using a 2” drill bit or say a 1” drill bit and cutting twice the holes. I can’t find a 2” drill bit.
                You certainly can go either way. I would be inclined to try something the same size as the mortise, perhaps a 16th smaller.
                Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

                http://www.youtube.com/c/DovetailTimberworks

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