Concise illustrated guide to timber connections

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This book illustrates the evolution of timber structures from medieval times to today, describing the materials used in connections. It explains the three connection types - all timber, metal connectors and adhesives - used in the principal assembly forms of timber structures. Connection principles are illustrated for beams, trusses, arches, portal frames, braced and unbraced frames, curved and double curved lattices, platform frame, panel systems and pole structures. It summarises the key factors contributing to load transfer, durability and fire resistance.


  • Introduction
  • Evolution of timber structures
  • Materials used in connections
  • Types of connections
  • Connections for various assembly forms
  • Fire resistance and durability
  • Design
  • Appendix: Calculation plans for dowel-type fasteners