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Friday afternoon musings about timber framing – ‘The Jowl Post’
These are the horizontal timbers at first floor level whose job is to support the floorboards. Standard softwood joists which are deep and narrow tend to be concealed from below with plasterboard. Oak joists however are traditionally wider than they are deep, and left exposed – it would be a crime to cover them up! The timber frame equivalent of a six pack – if you had one, you’d want to show it off. As the crossframes go up the joists can be dropped into simple housings or dovetailed housings. Where joists are jointed with soffit tenons then the crossframes need to be spread to receive the tenons – an altogether trickier operation but immensely strong as they can be pegged.

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