August 9, 2018 / byTraditional Timber Frames

Kiels Mountain Truss Set, from start to finish.

The clients on this project we’re after a major visual feature that would make the main living areas of this home both beautiful and unique.
Reclaimed Cypress Pine was chosen for it’s colour, stability, cost and character. The trusses span just over 5 metres and using 200 x 150mm timbers with full traditional pegged joinery.

A king truss design was selected with some slightly curved braces, a chamfer was also added as a fine detail, and the king post was embellished with a shoulder at its base and top.

Here you can see how the trusses are used in conjunction with lightweight stud frames and a purlin roof, resulting in the building schedule being incredibly efficient.

Milled timber is delivered to our workshop, the trusses are set out, and with a 6 metre chord quite a bit of space is required. Each joint is scribed and cut, a system of marking unique to traditional timber framing is used that allows for the irregular edges of this beautiful large dimensioned timber and having millimetre perfect sizing.  The shoulder detail on the king post can be seen here being chiseled out, and the pegs are driven home and sawn off proud of the truss face.

We work closely with the site builder and designer to make sure overall dimensions and  every detail is correct.  The finished trusses are oiled, pegged
together and transported to site.The client and their builder simply craned them into place and finished off around them.

The completed building is super insulated whilst fully admiring the beautiful Queensland scenery and the finished result is a fantastic modern Australian home.
A feature truss set like this is a beautiful and efficient way of adding that fantastic and sought after traditional timber craftsmanship into even the most modern of contemporary houses.

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