Tom's Timberframe, Woodworking &

Boatbuilding Links Page

3/4 scale Sutter's Mill
Thomas, in the Carhartt overalls, and Tracy at the 3/4 scale replica of Sutter's Mill at CalExpo in Sacramento, CA

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Socket Slick

Books & References:

I have moved my booklist. Please visit Tom's Bookstore to browse my booklist and to purchase books.

Forest Products Laboratory. 1999. Wood handbook--Wood as an engineering material.
     Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-113. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 463 p.
     Printed copies of this publication are no longer available from FPL. You may download the entire publication from this site in .pdf form. Please click on the link above to download it from the FPL web site. An extermely valuable source for anyone who works with wood.


Joiners Quarterly and Fox Maple School of Traditional Building
     Excellent timber framing classes. Even if you don't take a class be sure to get their book "A Timber Framer's Workshop Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames" by Steve Chappell.

Timber Framer's Guild of North America
     A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits, beauty, and practicality of a timber frame structure. A wonderful source of information. I am an associate member.

Timber Frame Magazine's Message Board
     A WWW based message board for timber framer's to post messages looking for tools, materials, help and information.

Timber Framer's Guide to Stresskin Panel Installation
     This is one of the best guides to timber frame panel installation. Takes a while to load, but well worth it. From the well respected Winter Panel Corporation.

     Searchable database of materials and equipment, books, etc.

Fine Homebuilding Magazine Online
     Like Fine Woodworking, Joiner's Quartly and Woodenboat, this is a magazine that you save all of your issues and try to find all of the back issues that you missed.


Fine Woodworking Magazine Online
     Yet another fine publication from Taunton Press.

The Electronic Neanderthal Woodworker
     Neanderthal refers to the use of just hand tools, aka Luddite. A large listing of tools, supplies, tool collecting groups and the like.


     The premier boatbuilding magazine.

Center for Wooden boats
     Take a class in boatbuilding and/or rent a boat when you are in Seattle and sail Lake Union.

HH Payson & Co.
     Boat plans, books and modeling for the novice and experienced builder. Excellent designs by Phil Bolger, tested and built by Harold "Dynamite" Payson.

Bolger Boats on the Web
     A large collection of links to pictures of Bolger designed boats. Makes you want to build one of your own!

The ApprenticeShop
     based in Rockland, ME. They offer boatbuilding classes and apprenticeships as well as many other offerings. Part of the Atlantic Challenge Foundation.

The Wooden Boat Shop
     A retail and mail order store located in Seattle, Washington. Really cool catalog.

Jamestown Distributors
     A retail and mail order store located in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Very well done, easy to use online catalog! Big selection of fasteners.


Berkeley Tool Lending Library
     The Tool Lending Library is about the coolest thing ever! A few years ago I designed and built a redwood hot tub from scratch, borrowed most of the tools from here. Every city and town should have one!

TFGNA - Yahoo Store
     A must have tool for timber framers, the Borneman Layout Template, is available from the Timber Framer's Guild of North America Yahoo Store. Use this link: Borneman Layout Template to go directly to the order page.

Woodline, The Japan Woodworker
     This is a source for very nice tools. They have everything from basic tools to museum grade pieces.

The Shelter Institute
     A wide range of timber framing tools and books. Also has timber framing classes.

Jon Zimmers Antique Tools
     Very nice high end collectors and users tools.

Jon Zimmers Antique Tool Want Ads
     Tools for sale by private parties, space furnished by the tool dealer Jon Zimmer. I got my Millers Falls timberframe boring machine here.

The Superior Works
     A one-stop source for old and new tools, and the official home of that cult classic, Patrick's Blood and Gore. To sign up for Patrick Leach's monthly list of tools click on Old Tools at the bottom of the page. Good stuff.

Bob Kaune Antique & Used Tools
     High end collectors tools, specializes in Stanley planes. Got a $1,000 for a Bedrock #602? I'll take the Adjustable Throat Stanley 10 1/2 bench rabbett plane.

Timberwolf Tools
     When you want power tools for timber framing this is the place to go. A Makita chain mortiser will really speed you up finishing your frame. Plus if you take care of it you can sell it used when you are done with it.

     Very high quality clothing for the construction trades. They also make some clothing in kids sizes, see Thomas above. Yes, good clothing is a tool!

Barr Tools
     Hand forged chisels and slicks. This is what professional timber framers use. The best!

Mafell North America
     Producer of carpentry & woodworking tools: circular saws, planers, chain mortisers, table saws, drills, portable bandsaws, and slot mortisers.

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc.
     Some of the finest tools in current production. I'll take one of each!

The Electronic Neanderthal Woodworking Tool Sources
     An exhaustive list of new, used and antique tool source - online, stores, mailorder, etc.

Special Mention:

This Old House
     Their new and completely redone web site! Compliments the magazine and TV series.

Steve Thomas of This Old House and Thomas. Thomas stood in line a long time to get an autograph and picture, Steve was really nice! Thank you Steve.

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Last updated 30 May 2003