When you want to decorate or carve features into your timbers you want to embellish them! Embellishments in timber structures include, but are not limited to, chamfer details, chamfer stops, pendants, radial reliefs, parallel reliefs, date carvings, and more! Typically, you want to do most of these after the frame […]
Timber Frame Connections Library
We are compiling this library of timber frame connections for you. Whether you are a carpenter looking to expand your skill set or a visitor looking into how we build here at Joint and Peg, we hope you find the following informative and interesting. This is a free resource that we have built from our experience in designing and building timber frame structures. A purchase of one of our stock plans or an annual membership will provide you with full access to all of these details to download and print on letter size sheets. Otherwise, you are free to read them as images on the webpage. Our joint designs are some of our own, and others are handed down through traditions. We update our library frequently as we provide more stock timber frame plans and frame packages for offer to our customers.
Please note that these details are for your reference purposes only. They are only small details of the bigger picture which are illustrated in our plan sets.
We provide both examples of using irregular rough sawn timber and surfaced s4s timbers. Most of the details are applicable to either timber type.
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Starting off with the standard timber frame joints. Here we have the three main joints you will come across in a timber frame structure. Please note the descriptions we have for these areas as we talk about tenon thickness, mortise depths, peg layout, and many other key elements of craftsman
As much as we love open air timber frames and accessory buildings. Lots of times the timber frame needs to be enclosed to create insulated areas. We find that it’s hard to find these types of details so we are proud to present some here. These timber frame enclosure details
Timber frame roof members can include common rafters, principal rafters, purlins, hips, valleys, and jack rafters. This is an extensive category, and we will be adding joint details to this category frequently. Rafters and Purlins Rough Sawn – Rafters – 4x Rafter, Simple Birdsmouth This is the simplest way to
Timber Frame post connections have many different types of details on their bottoms and tops. They can interface with concrete foundations, piers, and wood decks to name just a few. There are many different types of conditions and special circumstances here that require attention. We have also included post top
Scarfs and Spline joints are two different ways of creating end of beam to end of beam connections. A scarf joint is when (2) beams are joined end to end to create one long beam from two short ones. Scarf joints can be either joined with sloping interfaces or just
Brace Joint Details The timber frame knee brace is an integral part of traditional timber frame construction practice. Also referred to as just a brace, its typically oriented at 45 degrees to the post and beam it connects. The brace works to keep the frame from racking and is an