Post Construction - Tools of the Trade

Tools Collage FroeMaulAdzeBroadaxeChisel

The tools which would be used in a construction include the following:

  • Adze - an ax-like tool for trimming and smoothing wood with a curved metal blade at right angles to the handle.
  • Broad ax - an ax with a very wide blade which is used for hand hewing timbers.
  • Froe - a metal wedge-shaped tool used for making shingles.
  • Maul - a wooden mallet used for striking a froe when making shingles.
  • Chisel - a tool used to cut or carve holes in the beam, generally for cutting holes for the joints.

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