Tools

Auger Bits

Russell Jennings auger bits in a box.

There are two styles of drill bits used for timber framing, Jennings style auger bits and Forstner bits. A Jennings spiral bit has a central tip that looks like a screw, whereas a Forstner bit is guided by cutting teeth…

Adz

D.R. Barton Foot Adz

The adz is bevel-up edge tool with a blade perpendicular to the wood handle. There are many different shapes, sizes, and weights depending on what the adz was designed to do. There are “foot adzes” that have long handles and…

Log Dogs

Diagram of metal log dog holding a log in place.

Log dogs, also known as timber dogs or spike dogs, are really just big metal staples that hold two logs in place while you work on them. They’re more of a clamp for logs than a hand tool. You’ll need…

Froe

Vintage hand forged froe.

A froe is a blade, about 1/2″ thick on top, tapered to a knife’s edge that’s used to split wood in a controlled manner.  I say in a controlled manner becuase the splitting maul is an axe used to split…