The hammer beam truss is more complex than the other types of trusses, but it allows for larger spans with shorter pieces of timber. Here we will take a look at the joinery of the hammer beam to hammer post in particular.
The hammer beam is the horizontal member, and the hammer post is the vertical one. The diagonal timber is the hammer brace.
The hammer post is joined to the hammer beam with an attractive through tenon and further secured with three hardwood pegs. The hammer beam is embellished with a chamfer.
The hammer brace is joined to the hammer post with a tenon, which is set into the hammer post with a blind mortise. The "shoulder" makes for a clean and strong connection.