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  1. Alaskan Chainsaw Mill

  2. Chainsaw (suggestions?)

  3. Chisels (suggestions?)

  4. Slick (suggestions?)

  5. Google Sketchup plus the Sketchup Timber Framing Extension

  6. Felling axe

  7. Broad axe



  1. A Timber Framer's Workshop by Steve Chappell. Recommended by u/keltor2243 via /r/woodworking.



  1. Grand Oaks Timberframing

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I'll edit this as we go.

Add suggestions in the comment section. Include what/where/why (e.g. The Alaskan Chainsaw Mill is the bee's knees because it's inexpensive and portable.)


I want to add a covered porch to the back of my house, I love the look of timber frames and have enough carpentry skills to put one together. I just don’t have the time with my job to do all the joinery in a short time. Anybody know where I can buy a kit where someone has already done the joinery, and all I have to do is put it together and put in dowels?


We're planning a roundwood cabin build using Ash trees that we have available for the frame. Our understanding is that Ash is comparable in strength to Oak but does not do well when left out in the elements.

To counteract this, we're going to keep the timbers covered and indoors as much as possible. But we're wondering if there is anything else we can do to help protect them. Are there any timber treatments that can be used on green, debarked Ash to good effect?

We're based in the UK, if that limits or adds options.

Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask. It looked like the more general sub for this sort of thing.

I've tried /r/carpentry and /r/woodworking and have had a few pointers but was hoping to get a bit more detail.


Looking for some advice on what I'm assuming is a bit of a newbie question. Does anyone have recommendations of hardware for anchoring a timber frame to a concrete slab? Of course there will be a PT sill plate and all that fun stuff. I've looked into all sorts of post bases and L brackets but from what I've found most seem better suited for building decks or posts for porches.

Advice is greatly appreciated!


Hey folks, Last year, I took down an old timber frame building which was due for demolition. The frame and building were fine, but the new owners of the land wanted the position for their new McMansion. Our company got called in to tear the place down, and having co-incided with my own house planning, I managed to buy the frame for myself. We are in Australia and this is the first frame ever deconstructed here so we were a bit in the dark. On top of this, the original carpenter seems to have been on his first solo job and there are a lot of odd features and some bad practices. One of the odd things was the use of 16mm (5/8") pegs. We couldnt get these to budge by any method and ended up drilling them out with an auger. Since the frame is softer than the pegs, this resulted in a whole lot of messy holes.

With the frame due to go back up in a couple of weeks time, im trying to figure out how to peg it all back together. My plan is to assemble each bent, ratchet it tight, then drill the old hole through and peg with 3/4" pegs.

Ive tried this on the sill plate and the holes end up sloppier than i'd like, so I glued those home (the whole sill is bolted down as well so theres no structural issue there)

I was thinking of trying the same method but with a slightly smaller diameter drill bit (its hard to experiment, since a 200mm 3/4" timber bit is somewhat pricey)

I also though maybe ill just plug the old holes and drill new 3/4" holes, but once again, the crap carpenter is working against me, as most of the tenons are small and dont have much room for extra holes.

Does anyone have any thoughts or experience on how this process needs to happen, or maybe just a pointer to somebody who might be able to help out?



My friend bought a house last year. The homeowners never disclosed the rotting foundation and said there was no access to the crawl space that had the issue. They blocked off the are in the closet that had the access when he was viewing the house.

Anyways he owns the house now, and saw new plumbing and electrical done there.

What can he do to fix the rotting foundation? Its crumbling when you touch the wood. Is there a way to lift certain areas and replace the wood?

He spoke with a lawyer and none of them will look at the case without a large deposit and the real estate agency wont talk with him. Honestly couldnt happen to a nicer guy.

He doesnt have the 50-80k to pay a company to fix this. Me and quite a few friends are established in trades and I was going to talk to the framers I work with, but we all do new builds. Will this be a hard project to take on, if we take the necessary steps?

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