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Oak Frame Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oak frames can be used to provide some of the structural stability using knee bracing, in a similar manner to steel portal frames.  Moreover, bracing has also been found to improve the aesthetics. However bracing can complicateconstruction and the joints can be ineffective, unless correctly detailed. Great care is required when working with green oak to consider how major shrinkage of the timber will affect the building after a few years.

 

Eaves Connection. Note that the critical structural joint is moved inboard clear of decay from the key leak zone. 

 

 

 

 

  Pre-construction of key joints.