How are Steel Plates Used in Timber Construction?
Steel connector plates give a timber frame a look reminiscent of old school factories and mill buildings. They also support a tremendous amount of structural load, allowing heavy timber to span great distances. Often, the steel gussets are painted black and held to the timber with 3/4″ and 1″ bolts. Sometimes the steel plates are galvanized or painted in a variety of colors. All of our gusset plate connections are custom designed and engineered to fit the individual requirements of our projects.
The gusset plates are normally bolted together. Sometimes we use shear plates behind the steel to increase the structural capacity of the connection. The shear plate transfers a greater load from the wooden beam, through the bolt, and into the steel connection.
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BROWSE THE TYPES OF STEEL CONNECTION
Bottom Chord Connection with Rafter
This joint is complex. It is the connection between two different heavy timber trusses. One uses a steel tension tie as the bottom chord, the other uses steel gusset plates. 4" Shear plates are used in both places to increase the capacity of the connection.
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