Tipsy Posts

I never met this sweet client. He and I just got along well, over phones. He wanted a great room, and it needed to handle a garage door to storage beneath – right where posts wanted to land.

Rather than shift the entire post, we just spread their feet. At one point, we nearly talked each other into tipping the posts at the opposite end in the opposite direction – "pigeon toed posts." A calmer head prevailed; his wife’s. We shaped the undersides of the two beams to half helices, in order not to have a compound joint at the brace tops. It is, often, easier to shape the timber than to handle complex joints, if the reshaping renders otherwise compound joints simpler.

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