timber frame glossary

Timber Frame glossary

Timber Framing or Post and Beam Construction is the method of creating structures using heavy squared-off, carefully fitted timbers that are joined together with joints secured by large wooden pegs. Also known as a traditional form of construction using sawn or hewn wood that is characteristically left exposed; joined by mortise and tenon joinery and then fastened with wooden pegs.

Reclaimed barn timber frame

Timber Framing can be a bit confusing if you're unfamiliar with the terms used. Below are some of the common terms used in the timber frame industry. Click on a link below to see some of the terms from each category.

Timber Frame Tools


3D model of timber frame

Timber Frame




Timber Frame Joints

Timber Frame Joints




Timber Frame Lumber

Timber Frame Lumber (Timbers)

Design Process showing the Elevations

Timber Frame Design


3D Timber Frame Model

Timber Frame Purlins

Timber Frame

Timber Frame Rafters

3D Timber Frame with Roof Example

Timber Frame Roof & Enclosures












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