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the tinker

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May 4, 2014
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#21
That ain't no Skil Saw, that's a Makita circular saw. ;) Those arbor drive saws are made for left handers and they are truly dangerous with a bad habit of kicking back or binding. ;)
You got that right Gary. Back when I was a young apprentice carpenter an old timer gave me some very good advice,"Never let your fingers leave your hand".:(
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
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Planet Mongo
#23
How about this one. This is much more fun to operate.

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Now that is a manly tool! Earlier this spring I was at a friends house looking at his old barn, marveling at it's post and beam construction . All the floor joists were mortised into a large beam in the center of the barn to support the 2nd floor.The more I looked , the more amazed I was knowing the work it must have took to do this work so precise over 100 years ago........with only hand tools!
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
#24
I'm more impressed with that lumber! You can't find stuff like that here in Arizona since all our small time mills closed down up north.
 
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bikeyard

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 28, 2011
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Gilmanton NH
#25
I'm more impressed with that lumber! You can't stuff like that here in Arizona since all our small time mills closed down up north.
Its getting harder here too. Timber frame isn't found in the code books, so the inspectors are baffled. They are starting to require graded lumber with stamps. The engineers all want metal brackets and lags, which is not true timber framing. The days of knowledge are waning. The information is out there, just in different books. There are timber frame structures that have stood for hundreds of years, long before inspectors and lumber stamps.
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
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#28
That's really something bike. I have been a carpenter since 69 and never built anything with timber framing.Gosh that looks like fun! Nice job. What is that building going to be? Looks like a great place to work too.:)
 

bikeyard

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 28, 2011
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Gilmanton NH
#29
Its going to be a small home. A client I work for bought a piece of river front property with a old camp on it, he was allowed to tear it down and build something new as long as it was within the same foot print. Kind of an odd size the bottom is 12 x 40, the second story is 16x40. I've done quite a few of them at this point. I've been fortunate, I started doing carpentry with this kind of stuff in the 80's.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,533
9,303
Central Arizona
#31
I'm with tinker, nice job and it sure looks like a lot fun! The closest thing I've done to that is a conventional frame roof with heavy timbers, rough sawn 6 and 8x, with everything mortised into the ridge beam. That was fun and the most disgusting project I was ever involved in was building a geodesic dome house, kit, on the side of South Mountain near Central Ave. in Phoenix. The whole city wanted it torn down when it was near completion and I couldn't blame them. What an eyesore on the side of the mountain and it made me sick to look at in the mornings as I was heading to work.
 

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