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Big Beam Joinery

Sometimes, having a pile of tools is all you need to get the job done. Even if you don’t have the right tool for the job, most of the time one of your workmates does. I mean, lets face it – we finish carpenters are die-hard tool junkies. When we see another carpenter who has something that will get the job done better, faster and stronger, we have to have it, right? Right.

Even though we finish carpenters are sometimes fools for new tools, actually buying a tool that you will only use once in a great while, just isn’t an option. Either because the tool is too expensive to justify buying, or the shipping time makes the tool purchase prohibitive.

The short of it is – I was working on a project, and discovered I needed a big saw. Or at least a way to cut glue-joint surfaces on an 8″X 12″ Doug Fir beam at a 45 degree angle.  For what, you ask? One really big Doug Fir fire place mantle. The mantle was to be constructed of one beam stacked on top of another, and was to wrap the chimney chase on three sides. The bottom beam was sized at 8″X10″, with the bigger 8″X12″ beam stacked on top.

To achieve cabinet-quality joints in such big timbers was going to be a challenge. Continue reading