Nothing beats the look and strength of an undersquinted scarf joint with a wedge. In this detail we illustrate three types of methods to connect the two beams and joints together. Please note that the preferred method for scarf joint placement is over a knee brace, not over a post.
Click Images for Slideshow and Larger Imagesall-thread secured with nuts and washers, a large false peg can be used to hide the nut and washer after installation. Using this method allows you to adjust the joint after the raising as the timber dries. GRK or ASSY can take a beating and will perform well over the life of a frame. If they are spaced evenly and pre-drilled, installation will be easy and will result in reduced stress on the screws during assembly . Shown with the scarf joint centered in the knee brace. 1″ pegs could be used. While this is an easier and cheaper way to handle this connection, this method does not perform as well in holding the joint together as the other two methods. It also does not allow any ability for adjustment in the future.
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