Introduction to Timber Framing

Learn basic framing; build a timber framed sawhorse. The class focuses on getting acquainted with timber framing tools, practices, and techniques.   The course is a great starting point for a student interested in learning to timber frame.  We employ square rule methodology and build a sawhorse using traditional tools.  We also use a few power tools to speed the process along.  

No experience needed. We supply the tooling, instruction, and material.  You bring a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and basic safety equipment.

We limit this class to 8 students. This allows for personal instruction and provides some flexibility in the Agenda based on student interest.

Tool List:  Tools will be provided.  However, if you have items on the tool list, please bring them to class.

In the class we will cut and assemble one sawhorse, which students take home. Students that work a little faster may get a start on a second sawhorse. Materials for s second saw horse are available for any student that wishes to bring the materials home and further refine their timber framing skills.

During the class we will layout timbers using the Square Rule method, cut mortises and tenons.  We will assemble and test fit the sawhorse and use the draw-boring technique to pull things together. In this class you will become familiar with following topics:

  • TF Terms Tools (Hand & Power)

  • Square Rule Layout

  • Sharpening (Chisel and Auger Bit)

  • Measuring and Checking Techniques

  • Making Pegs

  • Drawboring

  • Shaving Horse

On Saturday night, if the weather is good we might burn a little wood and have a little pot-luck BBQ, beer, and brats.


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