Materials and Details

With construction permits issued and construction starting shortly, materials and special fabrications have begun.  We'll field fabricate the truss, using a shear plate connector that makes a strong hidden connection between wood and steel.    Antique reclaimed Pennsylvania white oak reclaimed from a 100 year old barn will be resawn and planed and is going to be gorgeous for the top sloping truss pieces.   The webbing is custom fabricated steel.  (click images to enlarge).

The "dapping tool and shear plate" were more common when custom builders field fabricated trusses.   Today most trusses are factory fabricated and not meant to be exposed and these tools are only available at one place in the US.    It allows us to custom fabricate in the field and get that industrial-rustic look we are trying to achieve.   The video below shows the basics.