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Beginner Timber Framing: Build a Small Structure

June 25 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pm

Timber Framing

This class is designed to build the skills and confidence needed to tackle a small building. No experience required. We will cover safe work practices and teach proper operation of hand and power tools. This small structure class focuses on traditional building methods, supplemented with modern tooling. We employ square rule methodology to layout timbers. Then, we cut and raise a small timber frame structure using traditional tools.

We supply the community tooling, instruction and material. This class is limited to 8 students maximum. This allows for personal instruction and provides some flexibility in the agenda, based on student interest.

During the class, we will lay out timbers using the square rule method, cut mortises, tennons, knee braces and rafters. We will assemble and test fit the structure and use the drawboring technique to pull things together. On the final day of the class, we raise the structure and introduce lifting shears, gin poles and safe raising practices. The class will cover the following topics in detail:

  • TF Terms
  • Tools (Hand & Power)
  • Square Rule Layout
  • Timber List
  • Layout & Shop Standards
  • Sharpening (Chisel and Auger Bit)
  • Measuring and Checking Techniques
  • Making Pegs
  • Drawboring
  • Shaving Horse
  • Raising & Rigging
  • TF Design
  • TF Beam Loading (FF Beam Calculator)
  • Google Sketchup & TF Extensions
  • Reference Document Review

No experience needed. We supply the community tooling, instruction, and material. Along with your positive attitude, willingness to learn, you will need to bring the following:

  • 1 1/2” Framing Chisel (long handle)
  • Layout Tape (16’ Minimum)
  • Framing Square
  • Marking Pencil
  • Foul Weather Clothing
  • Leather Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Safety Glasses

If you need help in sourcing tooling or would like to arrange for loaner tooling, contact Jon at Anderson TimberWorks.


June 25 @ 8:00 am
June 29 @ 5:00 pm
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Anderson Timberworks


Aspire Artisan Folk School
8060 MN-5
Waconia, MN 55387 United States
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(612) 272-2826