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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see these frequently asked questions below. You will find most questions, and answers, in regard to Joint and Peg’s timber frame services and construction plans. If you do not, you are encouraged to reach out to us by phone or email. We are at your service. Thank you.

Are your plans a good fit for me?

That depends on your skill level. Our focus in on opening the doors of timber framing to builders and carpenters. The best of designs still requires a certain baseline of the builder to be able to know the basic concepts of construction. Working with heavy timber, and especially cutting timber frame joinery, is not easy. That said, if you are inclined and mechanically and mathematically minded, you will be fine to take the plunge.

What is a part of timber framing that is commonly overlooked?

Timbers are heavy. Timbers are not 2x lumber that can be easily lifted. Material handling is often underestimated when it comes to timber frame projects. A good mind for logistics and staging is well suited for this craft.

What is included in Joint and Peg’s plans?

We provide all the architectural elevations, plans, and sections with dimensions, foundation concepts, post connections, timber lists, fastener lists, masonry lists and details of connections (in our timber frame plans). Essentially, everything you need to quickly and accurately budget and order the materials and undertake the layout and construction.

Can you provide engineering for your design plans?

Yes, we can. Please call or email us.

Can Joint and Peg help with construction?

Depending on the project and location, yes, we can.

How do I know if your plans are designed with rough sawn or surfaced timbers?

All of our plans by default are designed around surfaced timbers which are sized at 1/2″ under nominal dimensions. i.e. an 8×8 is actually 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. The core of our plans can be referenced with either sized timber X-section. However, all the detailing and individual piece drawings do rely on having similarly sized materials.

Does Joint and Peg have design plans that accommodate rough sawn material that varies in X-section?

Yes, we have square rule method design plans forthcoming. You will notice these plans as it will clearly say built with Rough Sawn material.

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