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Traditional Timber Frame
 
A traditional Timber Frame consists of a series of "bents", which are complete sections of the timber frame much like a large truss, typically rising to a vaulted peak. The bents are cross connected by beams and purlins to form a complete structural frame.
 
All connections are typically mortise and tenon, in which two wood pieces are shaped to fit each other, secured by hardwood dowels or pegs. Structural stability and resistance to "racking" (sideways twisting) is achieved using similarly connected smaller braces, which may be curved for visual effect.
 
Placing timber bents
Placing timber bents
The timber frame is typically placed inside the frame walls, which leaves all this structural detail visible. This is a significant difference from a simpler post and beam shell, which normally uses infill frame walls between the stuctural beams and posts and would conceal the cross braces.
Dowels and pendant detailing
Dowels and pendant detailing
Finished vaulted timber frame
Finished vaulted timber frame
Timber posts with tenon and pockets
Timber posts with tenon and pockets
Complex angled cuts on ends of diagonal timbers
Complex angled cuts on ends of diagonal timbers
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