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Forum topic by FMG posted 11-26-2010 08:44 PM 1450 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2010 08:44 PM

I am interested in building a shed and portions of it will be timber framed. I am looking for advice on what a good size/weight mallet and chisel would be to do basic joints in 4×4 and 6×6 post and beams.
Thanks as always,

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 08:52 PM

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 08:53 PM

Unless you are going the Hand tool way… then a Circular saw, with the timber cutter attachment is the way to go… Dont forget the nail guns….

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 10:33 PM

I timberframed my porch posts and braces. I drilled out the mortises with a forstner bit with a Millwakee hole hawg then cleaned them up with a 1” to 1.5” chisel using a regular 16 oz. hammer. The angles tenons I cut entirely on the compound miter saw and my table saw. There are a lot of nice tools out there, but for me the basics worked just fine. A nice 1” corner chisel would be nice though. I made mine from a piece of angle iron. I know it was sort of crude but it got the job done.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 11:26 PM

Thanks guys. WoodLe thats exactly the advice I was looking for. I already have all I need then.

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 05:47 AM

Depending on the kind of joints you want to do, I found the following chisels helpful:

Half inch wide mortising chisel longer than 12” iron
A 3/4” or 1” corner chisel
A 1” firmer, or registered,chisel with long iron.
A 1-1/2” or 2” firmer chisel with long iron

If you are only doing a shed, then you can get by with firmers or registered without having to go to the supersized timber framing varieties and they can still serve you well in the shop after that project is done.

That being said I did quite a bit of mortising with a pair of 1” and 2” Stanley Fatmax chisels, and they worked well but often suffered from lack of length which means I had to work harder and curse a few more times than necessary.

For a mallet I really like my Craftsman Powerdrive
It holds up great and the handle is easy to grip without fear of it flying out of your hand on a rainy day. They are made by another company under the name of Nupla.
A wooden commander is also essential…and good for laughs. Just a section of Oak log with a maul handle.

-- Galootish log blog,

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