This joint has become one of my favorite ways to join a principal rafter to a post. It offers a clean look and allows a plate to join to the post with a spline and a tie beam that can handle sustained tension. A basic mortise and tenon in the rafter and post with a […]
What is the difference between timber framing and post and beam? Many people have a hard time distinguishing between the two methods of building with heavy timbers. Primarily the difference is with the connections. Timber Connections Timber framing is a method used by our forefathers and their ancestors, who brought with them the skills used in Europe and other countries for centuries. Using traditional wooden joinery to […]
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 timber detail exploded view is of a collar beam which is a 4×4 connecting to a 4×6 rafter. The pitch is 12/12, and the tenon is set off the reference face 1 1/2″ and then 1 1/2″ thick, with a 3/4″ hardwood peg.
This Dutch barn style through tenon is called an Anchor beam. Here is an exploded view of the tenon and post. Sometimes it is held in with pegs only, some times it has wedges on the outside of the post, some times it has both.
This is an exploded view of a standard tie beam to post tenon with housing in the post and two pegs.