Video: Timber Frame With Basic Tools
See how craftsmen create this true timber-frame look without relying completely on timber-frame joinery.
We recently had a chance to spend a couple of days in Tim Holton’s shop, where he was preparing some gorgeous 6×6 Douglas-fir timbers for assembly as a structural front-porch frame. With some clever methods, Tim has figured out a system for creating a true timber-frame look without relying completely on timber-frame joinery. Purists might balk at Tim’s methods, but getting the job done with only a circular saw, chisel, mallet, and some other common workshop tools means this is a job that’s possible for any carpenter, and the joinery—a mix of traditional pegged joints and more conventional screw-fastened joints—is just as strong and durable as the traditional methods. To get a glimpse at Tim’s process, check out the video above.
For more on traditional timber-framing with the help of modern-day tools, check out “Hybrid Timber Frame” in FHB #277.