It is the end of February, after a middling mildish winter, and this is the first season of timber building. It is our plan to create a cruck frame marque. A cruck frame is a variety of medieval timber framed structure that has a distinctive A shape at both ends.
We have some knowledge of timbers, having taken down a couple of dozen trees and engaged in a couple of years of milling, so we are not starting from absolute scratch. During last year and more rapidly during the winter time, I have been assembling my timber frame kit.
So far the most outstanding piece of the collection is a Makita Chain mortiser, a impressive machine. But soon, I will be getting the long awaited Mafel Portable Bandsaw.
My Festool 850 planer, though new, is being sent back, because of a manufacturing error in the handle. But its usage will be to clean tenons, its unique unlimited rebate capability will allow it to clean right up to the shoulder of a tenon, I still expect great things from this tool.
I will get by with a 10 1/4 inch makita circular saw for my large factor cutting, hopefully there will be a fabulous Mafel timber circular saw in my far future, but for now, the capability to cut up to 9 inches of material (in the 2nd pass) will have to do.
So the plan is to mill the timbers, create mules for resting the timbers on, fabricate the posts, beams and braces, then notch, skew and mortise. This project should keep me busy.