Category Archives: Tools and Jigs

Staircase Jig

By Frank Vanderveur of Minnesota Logworks, Inc. Reprinted from Spring 2012 newsletter Here is another way to cut the correct angles on the top and bottom of the staircase. This jig that I have tried worked well for me, it … Continue reading

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Wood Construction Design Software

From Dietrich’s (a GLLCA member) Website: Software is our Business – Wood is our Passion Wood uniquely combines the tradition and the future of the construction industry. It combines outstanding material properties, durability and ease of processing with the ecological … Continue reading

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The Thin Tin Shim

By Ronn Hann of Northern Comfort Log Homes Reprinted from Spring 2006 Newsletter Several years ago, I made a simple 6” by 12” rectangle out of some aluminum flashing stock in order to lay out some 6” by 12” mortise and … Continue reading

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Work Safe, Work Easy: Crown Locator

By Robert L. Gifford (reprinted from fall 2008 newsletter) Using the right tool can make a job easy, enjoyable, and safe especially if you have a tool that is designed for the task at hand. In our line of work, … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Rid of Your Metal Scrap Piles

By Frank Vanderveur (reprinted from spring 2010 newsletter) Some of us have piles of “materials” laying in our back yards, materials such as scrap steel – long pieces, short pieces, pieces of all kind. These piles sit around our places, … Continue reading

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Scarf Saddle Boards

By Ronn Hann (reprinted from spring 2006 newsletter) Using this layout, tool uniform scarfs are marked on the wall logs when rough scribing. The log is then brought down from the wall and all notching and scarfing is done on … Continue reading

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Angle Iron Jig for Cutting Window Openings

By Ronn Hann (reprinted from spring 2010 newsletter) I use steel angle iron for a guide when cutting window and door openings. I buy two 20′ lengths and have them sheared or cut into one 12′, one 8′, one 10′, … Continue reading

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