Timber Frame Joinery

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In this section we feature different kinds of joints that we use in our timberframing, how they are cut, and how they work when they are incorporated into the frame. We enjoy working out these old-time methods of connecting timbers, and find that many of our clients are intrigued by them too.

Basic joints

Simple mortise & tenon

Shouldered mortise & tenon

Main post/ connecting girt connection

Scarf joint

Hips and valleys

Prefitting an 8' gable dormer

Prefitting a hip dormer

17' dormer

Unique joints

This is a mortise to house two 8x12 hip rafter peaks:

A winding stair built in our shop.