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In this section we feature different kinds of joints that we use in our shop prints, how they are cut, and how they work when they are incorporated into the frame.

We enjoy these old-time methods of connecting timbers, and find that many of our timber frame clients are intrigued by them too.

Basic joints

For some examples of more complex joinery, see the Hips and Valleys section on our sister site, Arlington Timber Frames. We enjoy building fully-timbered dormers, rather than leaving them for the carpenters to fill in.


Timber frame diagram

Interested in getting up close to a timber frame? Check out the Zoomers page on our sister site,