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Tool used to make cedar shakes
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Ted Schlueter    Posted 09-20-2002 at 13:48:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone out there know of a place that sells a tool to create cedar shakes? I remember seeing one once but can't remember exactly what it looked like. I am thinking of constructing a "Living History Homestead" circa late 1700's early 1800's on our 40 acre farm. Thanks for any help anyone out there can provide!


Hogman    Posted 09-20-2002 at 18:09:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can still find Froes at Farm sale and "JUNKAREAS" at fairly cheap prices. Not much work for a haf-fast Blacksmith ta make.


Mike D. here is a new one...    Posted 09-20-2002 at 15:29:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got any white oak?

Wood craft Catalog has froes on page 70...
try: www.woodcraft.com

I've been using my G'pas from time to time. A blacksmith made it for him. Good luck to you.


DeadCarp    Posted 09-20-2002 at 14:01:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
First thing you should do is cut the cedar and dry it a year. Then what you need is a splitting froe - their blade forms an L to the wooden handle and you can make an oak mallet to strike it - you prop the cedar chunk on something, give the mallet a swat and pull the handle toward you after driving the blade in. Doesn't take long to make enough shakes for a roof.


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