As Brian has many times hinted stick framing buildings is a fast perfectly strong and acceptable way to build. The size and speed with which these war time buildings was built was incredible and you won’t see a titanium super duper framing hammer or nail gun anywhere in the video. It’s all hardworking men and wooden handle 20oz hammers.
The secret to their success? The humble radial arm Saw. Ok well actually lots of them. I sacked my radial arm Saw off thinking I don’t need this,it takes up lots of room, it’s not as accurate as my mitre Saw. Well ok the last point may have some truth but having hogged up 75 150×25 dripping wet boards yesterday and having 100x 100×25 to go at in next day or two suddenly I see where the radial is king of the pack, for gang cutting the machine cannot be equaled especially that 16 inch Wadkin of mine.
Mine is old enough to have a long spindle for trenching and if I’m honest I have a spanking new adjustable groover head for it I’ve never used. Well I plan to change that the radial arm has had a reprieve it was up for sale not now , now it’s up for a full recondition and more years of hard work!
Tags: professional woodworking
Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.
- Part 1: For the love of wood work.
- Part 2: Radial arm saws and stick framing (for you Brian)
- Part 3: A little glimpse into my shop, especially for Jack.