Tying Joints: Tie at Plate in American Timber Joinery

This is the second in a series of articles written by Jack Sobon, author of Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam Construction. His ability to represent common and not so common joints is outstanding.

The tie-at-plate category encompasses the most complex and varied of timber joints, including not only wall, roof and cornice work, but also attic floor framing. Builders often used components to double advantage. Floor joists, for example, could become additional tie
beams. Some tying joints could be considered “secret” joints since their configuration and method of assembly are a mystery until they are disassembled. … (posted at scribed.com)