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#30247 - 02/06/13 02:39 AM Turning the Timbers
mo Offline
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I'm bout to have some 10 X 12 X 26 footers hit the floor.

Well, these are little too much for the ole put your shoulders into to it to flip. Especially when on its 12" face.

I've seen the plywood wrenches where I am leaning to making, but figured I'd ask to see what other people have come up with to turn the big sticks.

I see myself crawling around and over to lay these out.


Edited by mo (02/06/13 02:40 AM)

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#30248 - 02/06/13 02:47 AM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: mo]
Jay White Cloud Offline
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Hi Mo,

They (wooden "Beam Wrench")work really well, but often a stout 3' or 4' pipe clamp will work just as well. You can use a 2x4 and a loop of rope as also.

Regards,

Jay


Edited by Jay White Cloud (02/06/13 02:48 AM)
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#30249 - 02/06/13 03:06 AM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: Jay White Cloud]
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Hey Jay,

Thanks. Haven't thought about a loop and stick before. Seems it might crash once it meets the tipping point though. I guess I'll go with the beam wrench. Gotta make sure to get the shoulder out of the way!

By the way. Love your scribed footer. Very nice sir.

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#30250 - 02/06/13 01:29 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: mo]
Dave Shepard Offline
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I use a 6' piece of 3"x4" with an 8' sling. I put both eyes over the end of the 3x4 and wrap the extra over the top of the timber and catch it on the other end of the lever. Works great. I've used it on timbers a big as 10"x17"x47'. I will see if I can get a picture loaded later.


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#30252 - 02/06/13 03:16 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: Dave Shepard]
Mike Shenton Offline
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I use my cant hook on the end I plan to cut off or on an outside face. I also use clamps to turn if I don't have a place to put my cant hook.
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#30255 - 02/06/13 04:53 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: Mike Shenton]
Jay White Cloud Offline
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Dave S's description was perfect...that is just about what I do when I use a "sling stick," or "sling cant," as I was taught they were called.
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#30262 - 02/07/13 07:58 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: mo]
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Clamps are ideal. Why? They are affordable and readily available. Plus they can be used for numerous other task in addition to rolling timbers. It's like they are paying for themselves many times over... I've used a certain clamp for this size timber. It was a bar reaching in length of four feet plus. It has a deep throat with a mechanical leveraged plunger for a more powerful clamp. Two of these clamps with two people (one one the lifting side and one one the receiving side) make for a dream rolling timber of this size. Hope this helps.

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#30263 - 02/07/13 10:00 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: timberjoiner]
Hylandwoodcraft Offline
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I have a modified set of heavy bar clamps (not pipe clamps). I welded extra long jaws on them, with a detachable handle extension. They work well for turning timbers. The main reason I made them was to be able to tweak timbers during raisings if they have twisted a bit. They are handy!

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#30351 - 02/24/13 03:19 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: mo]
D Wagstaff Offline
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Hello,

You could do it with a picaroon!

Greetings,

Don Wagstaff

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#30353 - 02/24/13 05:44 PM Re: Turning the Timbers [Re: D Wagstaff]
Jay White Cloud Offline
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Hi Don,

I don't think, after finish work has started, you could get a picaroon to turn a 200 mm x 300 mm x 4800 mm oak beam effectively or without marring the surface.

Regards,

Jay
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