Hi, everyone. Thank you all for your encouraging comments! I hope everybody had a great 4th of July. I took a break over the holiday weekend on the trellis. Monday was rainy here and I forgot my camera Tuesday although I didn't get too much done anyway. I have other engagements for today and will be back on the jobsite Thursday with camera in hand.
I would like to take a minute to praise a few tools that have helped tremendously so far on this build.
First, is the biggest, baddest chisel I have ever had the pleasure of using.
This is an 1 1/2" timber framing chisel made by Barr Custom Tools right here in the USA. It is 17" long and has lots of mass. The blade tapers from 1/4" at the tip to 7/16" at the top and is made by hammer forging on an anvil. It came with a perfectly flat back and required only a quick touch up on an 8000 stone to be razor sharp. I use this baby for almost everything. It excels at paring (especially those drilled mortise walls) and can produce beautiful shavings with a light touch. Its mass is great when removing large amounts of wood and it holds an edge better than any of my other premium chisels. Barr also makes cabinet chisels (although they are a bit pricey) and lots of chair making tools among other things. I highly recommend checking out his web site.
Next, is a chip carving knife made by Ron Hock at Hock tools.
I own a few nice marking knives but I knew that I would want something more robust for marking these big timbers. I was going to get a Hock marking knife (which is very thick) until this little fella caught my eye. It is O1 steel and was razor sharp when I bought it. The handle fits well in my hand and it takes an edge easily and lets me scribe deep layout lines in the soft Douglas Fir. I was skeptical at first but it has earned a spot in my tool kit as a solid marking knife.
My large, shop made mallet has been indispensable (sorry, no pic). I made it to strike holdfasts at my bench but it works great for pounding a 17" long chisel!
So that's that. I will have more pictures of progress tomorrow and hopefully I can have this thing standing by the weekend. Thanks, again everybody!