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The timber framing process is beautiful but new to many owners, architects and builders. We know that people have all kinds of questions about how timber frames and post and beam buildings work, so we created this page specifically to help people learn and find the answers that they are looking for. Please feel free to ask – we will be happy to answer. Ask your question!
Can a Mortise & Tenon Brace Be Installed After the Post & Beam Have Been Assembled?
Can a mortise/tenon brace be installed into a set post and beam frame after the beam and post have been […]
What is a Scarf Joint?
I think that the joint that I am looking for is called a scarf joint that joins two beams together […]
What is the use of Plate Girder in the Roof Trusses?
What is the use of plate girder in the roof trusses?
What is the longest distance allowable between two hammer beams?
What is the longest distance allowable between two hammer beams to hold up a roof?
How Do I Account for the Capital in Calculating the Capacity of the Main Beam?
I have an existing warehouse building with 2×10 floor joists @ 20″ oc spanning 16′ supported on 12×12 timbers spanning […]
What Product Do You Suggest to Preserve/Treat Wood?
I want to use hemlock on my property (it’s already been logged) to build exterior deck. 6×6 for supports, 2×10 […]
What Are Good Connections For A Skillion Roof Patio?
Hi, I love your timber work, but living in Western Australia, I’ll have to book a holiday some time to […]
How Do you Protect Timber and Joints Exposed to Weather?
How do you protect the timbers and joints where they are exposed to the weather? I noticed that exposed beams […]
What is the Minimum Size Post for a Post Base with a Steel Rod?
I really like the detailing of the “post base with steel rod and washer” and was wondering what the minimum […]
How Big a Concrete Pad Do I Need for Oak Posts?
Hi i will have two 250mm X 250mm oak posts suporting my house roof there will be a load of […]
Can you Pour Concrete Around a Timber Post?
I’m trying to use a 6×6 Timber post instead of a lally column. Problem is I want to put it […]
Properly Supported Roof Trusses
I am having a new home built and feel as the roof trusses are not properly supported I do have […]
Stresses in the Hammer Beam Truss
Hi there I am soon to be taking a course in hammer beam frames, and I am trying to get […]
Do You Sell Plans?
I was wondering if you sell plans with cut sheets?
What Stain Was Used in the Breed Estate?
Regarding the finish on the interior wood beams, and comparing that to the window/floor colors. You have beautiful octagonal room […]
What Software Do You Use To Design Timber Frames?
Hello Experts, May i know what kind of software do you use for designing Timber Frame ? I am a […]
How Can You Correct Truss Uplift in a Vaulted Ceiling?
How can you correct Truss Uplift in a vaulted ceiling in a ranch style home? V/r Stewart M. Tyson
Where Can I Get a 3 Way Metal Bracket?
Do you know where I can get a 3 way metal bracket to connect wood to wood with out a […]
Can I Replace a 2×4 Common Truss with a Scissor Truss?
Can I replace a 2×4 common truss, with a 25 ft long bottom cord and 60 in from bottom of […]
How Many Rows of Spacers are Needed?
12′ rafters 24″ apart lean to roof. How many rows of spacers needed?
What Are the Tension Requirements for a 40 foot Hammer Truss?
I have a 40 foot open span hammer truss using a collar beam and queen posts design. wood will be […]
How Do You Calculate the Height of the King Post?
how do you calculate the height of king post of the roof structure?
Is it Possible to Construct a Barge Board Without the Use of Metal Plates?
Hi. I am reproducing a gable end barge board with bottom chord, king post/finial and bracing ,from a photograph. Is […]
Will a Hammer Beam Support a Span of 40 Feet ?
Will a hammer beam support a span of 40 feet ?
Can a Hammer Beam Design Support a Hipped Roof?
Hi, we have a hipped roof but we need to open out and strengthen the roof space removing internal trusses. […]
Will Stainless Steel Bolts Rot Green Oak?
Will using 316 stainless steel lag bolts in green oak cause a problem with the wood rotting, or with the […]
Can I Remove a Post From a 17′ Beam?
I have a header roof beam in my living room that measures 5″ by 12″ (Doug Fir as far as […]
How Do I Support a Timber Truss with a 20ft Span?
Hi, I’m an architect working in India. The timber truss made is of 20ft span. The tie member is in […]
Can a Parallam Beam Span a Distance of 16′?
We’re planning to open a Kitchen/Dining demising wall and wanted to use exposed timber for detailing. Contractor’s have suggested spanning […]
What is the Timber Portal Frame Span Limitation?
timber portal frame span limitation?
Where Does The Insulation Go in a Timber Frame Garage?
My name is Shannon and I am just a house designer/draftsperson in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. I found your blog […]
Can I build a Timber Frame Porch With King Posts?
I’m building a timber frame porch. The width expands 20′ and I have two 4x8x10 oak timbers to be jointed. […]
What Are Dovetail Joint Sizes in Design Standards?
What are the rules for dovetails, depth,width and such, for large timber floor joist and beams
How Do You Insulate A Timber Frame Home?
With these open truss roof systems. Where would the insulation windup? What range of R-values are attainable?
What’s The Difference Between A Traditional Joint & A Modern One?
What’s the difference between a traditional woodworking joint and a modern one? Thanks a lot!
Do You Construct Decorative Timber Members For Rafters Made Out Of Southern Pine Or Doug Fir ?
I am estimating a project to repair an 1800 train station. Do you construct decorative timber members for rafters and […]
What’s Your Opinion On Building With Green Timber?
What’s Your Opinion On Building With Green Timber?
How Will Timber Work If I do Insulated Concrete Forms For The Walls?
We are currently trying to design a home and I really like the exposed timber look on the inside. How […]
What Should I Do About The ‘Crack’ In My Beam?
Shakes in an oak beam? I an 100% sure that my beam is fine. My wife is scared of the […]
How Should I Join The Timber For My Trusses?
I am an expat living in Brazil. I am almost ready to start construction and will be using ipe for […]
Have You Ever Hidden A Tension Tie In The Floor Space Beneath An A-Frame Attic?
Have you ever hidden a tension tie in the floor space beneath a finished A-frame attic?
Do You Have Post Bases For These Specifications?
We are specifying a 5″x5_1/2″ glu-lam column base for a pavilion (no sidewalls). We have a maximum moment of 31,000 […]
Do You Have Any Stain Suggestions?
I have a number of interior glulam beams in new construction and wish to stain them a medium brown color. […]
Do you sell full barn plans?
Do you sell full barn plans? I am interested in full plans with materials list for a 36 x 48 […]
How Wide Can The Texas Barn Go?
What is the widest span you can build with timber frame for the Texas barn in the center part of […]
Is 2×4 Construction or Post & Beam Construction Better For My Project?
We are looking to build an 700-800sq ft. octagon home with a wraparound porch. Because we will use straw bale […]
Have You Ever Built A “Round” Timber Frame Structure?
I have a silo foundation that has approximately a 22′ inside diameter and approximately a 26′ outside diameter which results […]
Can You Design/Fabricate A Frame Like The Texas Barn To Be 40’X120′?
Can you design/fabricate a frame design like the Hermes project in Texas, with the main “bay” being 40′ wide and […]
Are There Very Large Dimensions For Lumber?
Hi, I was wondering about the dimension of extremely large timber members. Are there very large dimensions for lumber (like […]
Can You Provide Plans For A 26×52 Barn?
need plans drawn up for a barn 26 x 52 much like one of the examples you show on your […]