Tools

Shaving Horse

Hand made shaving horse for timber framing.

The shaving horse, or shavehorse, is a simple machine that is useful when woodworking with hand tools. The shavehorse is a bench with a built-in foot operated clamp. It allows you to quickly clamp and unclamp your work by pressing…

Broadaxe

Broadaxe, a hewing axe.

Broadaxes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes; big goosewing style broadaxes with a 12″ blade to short handled chopping broadaxe with a 5″ blade. They vary in size in shape based on the region they came from,…

Barking Spud

Vintage barking spud for peeling logs

The barking spud, or barking iron, is a tool used to remove bark from a log. It’s a spoon or wedge shaped iron bit that is worked underneath the bark to free it from the log. The idea is to…

Mallet

Wood mallet for timber framing

The mallet is a very basic but important and frequently used tool for timber framing.  It’s used to pound chisels and other edge tools, drive pegs, and coerce huge timbers together. Mallets come in a wide variety of designs. Square…

Drawknife

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The drawknife is one of my favorite tools to use, at least when it’s sharp and the wood is green and soft. You can take long clean shavings from your work, the kind that give you goosebumps and make you…

Calipers

Calipers, a tool to measure diameter.

Calipers are useful tools for quickly checking the diameter or width of something. They’re useful when dealing with parts that don’t have regular measurements. Whatever the size of the part, the caliper will help you transfer that measurement. Using calipers…

Marking Tools

Scribe or Razor Blade The measurement and layout lines must be marked precisely. A pencil is too dull. The timbers may be large, bulky, and unevenly hewed… but the joints must be measured/marked perfectly if they are to fit perfectly.…

Broad Hatchet

A single-beveled broad hatchet, restored with loving care.

The broad hatchet, or side axe, is a scaled down version of the broad axe. I use my broad hatchet all the time to quickly rough out the shape I’m trying to form. You can remove a lot of wood…

Peavey & Cant Hook

Peavey holding up a log.

The peavey and cant hook are very similar. One end grips the log, the long handle on the other end gives you leverage to roll large logs around.  The difference between the peavey and cant hook is the tip. A…

Chisels

Chisel

For timber framing, you’ll need at least one chisel. Most mortises in a timber frame are 1.5″ or 2″, so if you only own one chisel, I would make it a 1.5″ framing chisel. With this one chisel, you could…