802-886-1917

Ask The Experts

Timber Framing Questions & Answers

Ask Us a Question

Timber Frame Engineering

Post and beam construction is different than both conventional stick framing and structural steel framing. It presents its own set of unique possibilities and limitations. While every project is unique in location and structural design requirements, we can offer general guidelines. This page is dedicated to just that – helping our clients gain a basic understanding of timber frame engineering. Ask your question!

Important Note: We have had some web server problems with the question form. If your question hasn’t been answered, we apologize. Please send an e-mail and we will answer it right away.

Have You Ever Built A "Round" Timber Frame Structure?

Have You Ever Built A “Round” Timber Frame Structure?

Answered by Doug Friant on December 16, 2015

I have a silo foundation that has approximately a 22′ inside diameter and approximately a 26′ outside diameter which results […]

Read More »
Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28x40 House?

Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28×40 House?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 19, 2014

Can A scissor truss be designed an put on the roof of a new house 28 feet wide  x 40 […]

Read More »
My Church Has Water Damaged Beams - Is It Safe?

My Church Has Water Damaged Beams – Is It Safe?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 01, 2014

I have an old church which I am renovating. It leaked and beams on the side that was damaged have […]

Read More »
timber blog

Can Black Locust Timbers Be Used As Structural Beams?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 12, 2013

Hi. My name is Cliff Wallace & I am an architectural designer who, is currently in the preliminary planning stages […]

Read More »
Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Answered by Jessie Smith on September 19, 2013

I was admiring the hammer beam truss and wondered what the span and spacing would be ? How many trusses […]

Read More »
What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a modified king post truss, and how does it work structurally?

Read More »
What is a Typical Post Base

What is a Typical Post Base

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

I am designing a timber frame porte cochere. How should I detail the post bases?

Read More »
What is a Tension Tie?

What is a Tension Tie?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a tension tie?

Read More »
Follow
Share
Bookmark and Share
Back to Top
Vermont Timber Works