Wood species: Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is considered one of the finest, most adaptive building materials on the market today. Durable, rot resistant, flexible and having an excellent strength to weight ratio, Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is widely used as a structural timber.
Douglas Fir is an excellent wood for high quality residential timber frames and commercial work because of its strength and beautiful grain.
Douglas Fir timber is an excellent choice in any construction project. It combines beauty with its tightly knotted and close-grained appearance with a flexible strength that makes it ideal for projects of any size. All of our Douglas Fir Timbers are FOHC (Free of Heart Center) and come in a wide variety of lengths and sizes.
Joinery: Traditional European Mortise & Tenon
Mortise and tenon joints are strong and stable joints that can be used in many projects. The mortise and tenon joint is considered to be one of the strongest joints and has been in use for thousands of years.
Long-Lasting, Durable, Elegant and Beautiful
Traditional Timber Frame Joinery is a classic method of construction to connect heavy timber beams in a timber frame structure.
Beams are cut to have mortises & tenons, which are secured with hardwood pegs.
Timber Frame structures are known for their intense strength & durability.
Built for thousands of years they have stood the test of time.
A Truss or Bent is the basic building block of a Timber Frame structure.
A classic design made famous in cathedrals and palaces. The Hammer Truss allows for large open spans without large beam interference.
One of the most common trusses, the King Truss provides strength & classic simplicity to the Timber Frame design.
A beautiful truss with practical purpose. The Queen Truss can span wider widths than a King Truss therefore making it easier to provide more space for access to upper levels or for window allowances.
Another classic design using strength and aesthetics. The Scissor Truss is often used where sloping ceiling or raised ceiling is desired.
A Mortise & Tenon joint connects two pieces of timber. Mortise & Tenon joints are strong and stable considered to be one of the strongest joints.
An essential part of any truss, the Collar Tie prevents the spreading of the Rafter under axis such as dead/live and snow loads.
Another major component to the Timber Frame structure, the Knee Brace addresses the lateral engineering needs from wind and seismic stresses.
All intermittent timbers such as purlins and joists benefit from the Dovetail, which provides a locking mechanism where a tenon is not practical. The geometry of the joint makes the connection strong and tight.
A major component to a truss is the King Post with Webs. These prevent deformation of the truss while adding classic aesthetics to the Timber Frame structure.
Topping off the Timber Frame structure is the Ridge, which prevents the spreading of the trusses or bents. The Rafter Peak & Ridge is used at the peak of the trusses and bents. It also provides support for the ceiling and SIP packages.
This joint is the workhorse of a Timber Frame structure, it is the most common connection in a Timber Frame. The shoulder provides additional support and helps minimize twisting for all horizontal and vertical timbers.