Timber Frame Joints & Joinery

OT Timber Frames ensures that all technical considerations are taken into account for every build; from the type of wood and the size of the timbers, to the required structural elements, such as vertical posts and horizontal beams, purlins, and trusses.  Our expert craftsmen use their hands-on experience while our master draftsmen use their technical knowledge to ensure that your project is not only structurally sound, but aesthetically pleasing, elegant, intricate, and beautiful.

Joinery is a part of timber framing that involves joining pieces of timber to produce more complex components of the structure being built.  Some wood joints employ fasteners, bindings, or adhesives, while others use only wood elements. The characteristics of wooden joints - strength, flexibility, toughness, appearance, and function - derive from the properties of the materials involved and the purpose of the joint. Therefore, different joinery techniques are used to meet differing requirements.

Each timber joint is determined first by mathematical calculations to ensure that the angle and type of joint is properly laid out and marked on the piece of timber before it is cut, then expertly cut to fit two or more pieces of timber together to form the joint. The joint is not only beautiful but also structurally sound. Cutting is done either by hand using power or hand tools or using state of the art pieces of equipment to create the perfect cut.

The type of joinery used in your build will vary and may include:

Mortise and Tenon: A stub on the end of one piece of wood (the tenon) will fit snugly in a hole cut in another piece of wood (the mortise).

Dovetail: The dovetail joint is used primarily to interlock two pieces of wood. This strong joint is often used where the end is going to be visible for its' aesthetically pleasing look.

Wedge Beam: Used to increase the structural integrity of a beam and allow for greater spans without additional support posts the wedge beam adds a strong interesting feature to your timber frame build. 

Scarf Joint: The Scarf Joint is a strong joint used for splicing beams together to extend the length of the beam.

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