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Checking in Curved Braces

By Nathalie Belleau on May 07, 2015

Often our clients like the look of arched braces, and we like them too. Adding curves can add elegance and a certain “je ne sais quoi” to a timber frame.  They certainly look beautiful when they are done right.

Chamfered curved brace

Post and beam with curved braces

However, if the curve is cut too deep, checking can occur along the grain of the wood and follow the straight part of the  brace right through the curve as you can see below.

Wood Checking on Curved Brace

Wood Checking on Curved Brace

Of course, wood has a mind of its own but knowledgeable craftsmanship can help ensure that your frame stays looking the way you like it.

And who can argue about the beauty of a frame with nice curves?

Thank you for stopping by our timber framers’ blog! If you have a timber frame project in mind, or any timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact, ask an expert, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Liu Yuan says:

    Dear Nathalie Belleau,
    Nice to meet you.
    I found that your photo of curved brace was very beautiful.
    And I wanted to use your photo in my paper which was relative to the research on the bracing system.
    It is OK to attach your photo at my paper?
    Of course, the resource of the photo would be presented in the chapter of reference.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thank you!

    • Nathalie Belleau says:

      Good day,
      Yes, you may use the photograph for you paper as long as you attribute the copyright and credits to Vermont Timber Works.
      Best, Nathalie

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