Timber frame musings – ‘The Jowl Post’
Sartorially designed to stop your trousers from falling down, braces have an even more important job to do when considering and designing a timber frame. Without them the vertical elements of the frame would topple like dominoes around your ankles when subjected to wind loads.
Diagonal bracing creates a strong triangle and when braces are incorporated into a frame in opposing tabs pairs, they help to counter the evil forces of “racking”.
We use curved timbers for braces – why? Because they look good and it’s a tip of the hat to tradition when poorer grade bent timbers may have been used to avoid waste.
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