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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. The smallest timbers we typically work with are 4×6. Planning to work with material that is heavy is imperative. A good mind for logistics and staging is well suited for this craft.

What is included in Joint and Peg’s plans?

Depending on the plan option you purchased, 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 Shop Drawings and Engineeered 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 see our Engineered Plan Option.

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″. If you are sawing the material yourself, we suggest sawing to the stated size. For example, you mill to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2. The sizing is listed in our material lists with all of our plans.

Does Joint and Peg have design plans that are based on square rule methods?

Yes, we have square rule method design plans forthcoming. Please sign up to be notified when these are available.

Does Joint and Peg design with metal plate connections instead of joinery?

On a case-by-case basis, we can design with metal connections instead of timber frame joinery.

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