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King Post Assembly

King Post Assembly

The king post truss assembly is one of the most iconic forms used in timber framing, and is likely the earliest truss form. It is one of the strongest truss types, and was the one most commonly used during the 18th and 19th centuries in the eastern United States.

Hipped Pavilion Joinery Detail

Hipped Pavilion Joinery Detail

We show some intricate work with this hipped pavilion joinery detail. Three roof planes coming together make for some complex cutting, and this type of roof shape is best for timber framers with some experience. You can see this detail utilized in our 16×24 Hipped Roof Pavilion.

Hammer Truss Assembly

Hammer Beam Truss Assembly

A hammer truss is an often-requested type of truss because of its mesmerizing beauty. However, hammer trusses can be problematic to engineers because they may be structurally awkward, and the members of a hammer truss assembly are often subject to significant shear.

Notched Purlin Joined

Notched Purlin

Purlins help to form and strengthen the roof framing in a structure, and they support the roof decking or sheathing. They run horizontally, parallel with the ridge of the timber frame. There are three basic types of purlins: Purlin plate, principal purlin, and common purlin.

Cross Lap Joint Exploded Interior

Cross-Lap Joint

Cross lap joints are a great solution when you want to create clean, continuous lines in a timber frame. The edges of the joint are completely flush, making it almost appear that the timbers are magically connected. To create a cross lap joint, you cut halfway through the width of both timbers that you are connecting , and they slide together into an extremely solid joint.

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