What are some methods for 90 degree twisting lumber?

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Forum topic by vibrolabs posted 01-03-2013 03:33 PM 1865 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2013 03:33 PM

Hey guys,

I saw a beautiful post and beam construction on YouTube today. One of the beams had a perfect 90 degree twist in it.

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A few questions:

1) is there an official name for that style of beam, or method of cut?
2) What are a few ways for someone to achieve that in the home shop?

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 04:55 PM

This is fun to think about.

If you started with a piece of round stock you could establish the two square ends and then scribe some lines (vague enough?) from one facet to the other that’s 90o off. I would then see it as hand work.

I would guess this is done on a CNC machine, but it would still be possible and fun to do by hand on a smaller scale. Much smaller.

I look forward to more posts on this!



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#2 posted 01-03-2013 05:04 PM

1. I don’t know what it’s called, but the way you would make
it is very similar to laying out and cutting a barley twist.

2. Lay it out and cut the shape with a drawknife.

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 05:10 PM

The technique for building a timber frame for a house, barn or shed is called “timber framing” and you can search Google using these key words:

timber frame construction

You will find a lot of information.

Then go to and search using these terms:

timber frame

You’ll find a big selection of books. (pick the ones you like and go to ebay and search for them… or look at the used listings on Amazon.)

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 05:15 PM

I’m taking the Purely Post & Beam class at Shelter Institute in a few days. Going to do that first and then begin book study on more advanced techniques. Looking forward to the class, should be fun. I’ll check out those books too.

One thing I enjoy about woodworking is some of the most complex work that is done by CNC these days can be replicated with a man, a plan, and a few choice hand tools.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 05:48 PM

twisted lumber…just buy straight boards from HD and let them sit a few days.

(sorry…couldn’t help myself).

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 06:30 PM

Teejk, LOL

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#7 posted 01-03-2013 08:43 PM

I could see cutting that by hand, it wouldn’t be a 5 minute job but yes I could see it being done. I think I know how I would go about it but I certainly couldn’t describe how to do it here. A very interesting challange in any scale.

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