Unusual Joinery Detail found in Bellefontaine Barn

During the recent JBD workshop in Bellefontaine, Ohio, we came across a pretty interesting joinery detail. It is similar to Jan Lewandoski’s description of a tying joint variation in the Timber Framers Guild “Joinery & Design Workbook”. Illustrated by Jack Sobon, it describes a bridle joint with necked tie-beam and extended shoulders. The double tenons in the Longbrake-Smith barn, circa 1870’s go clear through the scarfed eave plate and stand 4″ proud of the plate. It then has approx. 1″ pegs that help secure the scarf in its orientation and seemingly prevent outward rotation of the plate by the downward forces of the roof… very unusual!

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