You've probably heard stories over the years of carpenters taking tools beyond their normal scope in order to complete some truly difficult projects. Sometimes it's about being resourceful with a limited number of tools on hand, sometimes it's a stroke of genius and planning, and sometimes it's just plain luck and risk-taking. We hear fun stories like this every day from our customers at Timberwolf Tools - it's one of our favorite reasons to come to work!
In particular, we've encountered several folks recently who are doing clever projects with their Mafell LS 103Ec Chain Mortiser. You might know carpenters in the Timber Framers Guild who create beautiful mortise and tenon wood joinery with their Mafell chain mortiser, but did you know that this tool can produce glulam splines, fence posts, and even martial arts dummies?
Have you ever wanted to drive across the country and see America? I've wanted to for 35 years but never gave myself the time to do so. With two able bodies and minds in Chicago (Jeff and George) with lots of energy and skills, now is finally the time to hit the road.
This trip will likely be the first of many taken by Andrew, Joyce and I. If you're not on our North Western path, your time will come in the near future. Future trips will be around New England, throughout the South and the West Coast. When the next Timber Framers Guild conference occurs in Sept 2016, there will all be opportunities to travel around VT and upper NY State. A trip to Canada is also part of our future.
If you have a project that requires precisely-drilled holes for wooden pegs or metal bolts, you probably know the difficulty in free-handing such a job. Drilling through the middle of an old CD or using an L-shaped Lego jig isn't going to work in big timbers. Your mentors in the industry tell you that the best solution is a professional drill stand. Here's what one pro says:
"My first and favorite Mafell tool has to be the drill station coupled with WoodOwl drill bits. Since we are primarily a post and beam manufacturer, many precise holes are needed for plating on each bent. I have used the Mafell drill station for 5 years and have drilled thousands of precise and accurate holes with the system.
Hello Timber Framers, Cabinet Makers, Contractors, and Carpenters!
I just returned from an inspiring and enjoyable 4-day Timber Framers Guild Annual Conference and Trade Show in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho . There was a large turnout, and the event was full of interesting speakers and good conversations, with both expert timber framers and folks new to timber framing. Timberwolf Tools had the opportunity to demonstrate four Mafell tools each day, allowing visitors to observe and use the tools before considering them for purchase.
Merry Christmas from Timberwolf Tools
As Christmas approaches, we are so thankful for another year of supporting your work! I always enjoy hearing about your projects throughout the year and we count ourselves blessed to play a small part in them.
As you approach the end of the year, business leaders like yourself have many financial decisions to consider. Some reward their employees with bonuses and holiday parties. Some invest in equipment and software to make the next year better for the team. Some give back to the community or their church. And some do all of these. What are you investing in?
You have probably seen more and more timber frame designers and customers ask about adding steel plates to their projects. This is a fine engineering solution to reinforce your frames, but the steel plate slots must be cut accurately or it defeats the purpose. So it is important for you to consider the best slot mortising tools available before tackling these projects.