This purlin ridge to king post example shows a ridge connecting to the top of a king post, if you are using purlins in your roof framing system. It may look hard to cut but trust me it looks harder than it is. The simplest way to beaver out this joint it is to use a mortiser to […]
A stop splayed scarf joint is used to create longer timbers for use in plates, beams, rafters and posts when you cannot find a long enough timber to span the distance you require. The stop splayed scarf that is displayed here is extremely common and can be fastened together with pegs, all-thread with nuts and […]
In a hexagonal timber frame where the plates around the perimeter join the with principal rafter is a bit tricky from a engineering stand point. This is just one solution and in this case a steel post was used instead of a timber post. After the last detail I thought a follow up to the […]
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 […]
While joining a strut from a king post or bottom chord is a simple timber frame joint to cut it is important to look at the connection details. In this upper king post strut to rafter detail we use a 3/4″ housing, and because we are using white oak a 1 1/2″ tenon and two 1″ […]
A diminished housing offers a way to dress up your frame as well as take less time to cut in the shop. Here is a example of one using a 1″ shoulder.
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.