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Author Topic: A small (very small) timber frame project  (Read 1334 times)

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Offline MattJ

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A small (very small) timber frame project
« on: January 04, 2015, 08:50:02 PM »
So I had promised Jim Rogers after our summer class I wouldn't let what he taught me erode away. To try to keep the knowledge alive I finished these horses just before New Years.

They are built with some modifications from Jim's designs. The wood is 4.5x4.5 heart ambrosia maple I sawed. The yardstick is to show scale. I also had a blacksmith in raleigh forge some holdfasts for this and a pair for my bench and they worked well at first. In my lack of wisdom I warmed them and put beeswax on them to prevent rusting, which also prevented holding. I then had to spend a few hours getting the wax off. They do work well though and he tempered them to give a nice spring action.

The bar stock is 3/4 and I had to drill the holes to 13/16 for my bench which is 2.5" thick and I'm thinking of going to 7/8" holes on the horses as they don't always bite the first hit. But once they do the hold down force is excellent.

Take care




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Re: A small (very small) timber frame project
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015, 09:05:16 PM »
Nice job and thanks for posting and sharing your story.

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Re: A small (very small) timber frame project
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 09:14:23 PM »
Thanks for the design and lessons Jim! 

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