Just the housings and rafters to cut this boss pin detail would certainly challenge any timber framer. The central post is typically called a boss pin, and it is used when you have several hips and valleys coming together at the same spot. This detail comes from a hexagonal frame, and has the lower struts […]
A timber frame scissor truss does not have a horizontal chord. This gives the area a more visually open appearance. This cathedral-ceiling look has inclined chords, which supports the rafters and ties the members into places.
Throughout history in both Europe and the United States, many cathedrals were designed with variations of the Hammer Beam Truss. This design has a central arch and is more complex in nature than most other truss types. It lends a sense of old world architecture to the interior, and the style has a heavier, more […]
Similar in design to a King Post Truss, the Queen Post Truss uses two vertical posts instead of a single, central post. The two posts create a more open appearance that is often preferred by homeowners.
A King Post Truss is a cost effective design, and is particularly attractive when modified with curved braces and webs. Structurally, its bottom chord ties the room together by preventing the walls from spreading.
The common truss is the most basic load-bearing truss and is useful in a wide variety of applications. It forms a simple triangle, and is often used as a secondary load-bearing component to some of the more aesthetically appealing truss designs. While simple, the strength and affordability of this design is unmatched. As its name implies, […]
This exploded view is of a king post to tie wedged tenon – a wedged king post tenon in a truss frame, from a famous meeting house. The tie is a 12 x 12, and the king post is an 11×12. The through half dovetail tenon is 3″ off the side of the king post […]
This is an exploded view of a king post’s bottom tenon where it goes through a very large tie beam. The king post tenon is secured with pegs into the tie beam. A king post hangs down from two rafters and usually has some struts going from the king post up to the two rafters […]