Wall and Brace Joints in American Timber Joinery

This is the fourth in a series of articles by Jack Sobon, author of Timber Frame Construction. More great diagrams of joints and analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.

When a timber-framed building was sheathed horizontally, typically with clapboards, the supporting framework provided vertical nailers called studs, spaced according to the type of sheathing applied. We may find studs centered as closely as 16 in. for 1/2-in. clapboards or as far apart as 5 ft. on Dutch barns, where the clapboards might be 1×14 lapped boards. … (found on scribd.com)