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Information about Timber Framing

Timber Framing

Timber frame rafter tails

Using time-honored techniques, Wood House Carpentry designs, hand cuts (using power tools), and installs traditional timber framing components and small structures for builders and homeowners. Additionally, we also consult and work with architects and interior designers.

CAD Design

CAD drawing timber framed porch roof

First, we talk. What tangible and conceptual elements do you want to see and feel in the finished product? After extensive discussions, notes and sketches, CAD, or computer aided design, moves us forward. CAD produces a 3D rendering, which allows the project to come to life before any tools ever touch wood. Once the design is approved, 2D shop drawings are created.

Hand Cut Joinery

Wedge spline in timber framed post

Joinery is a method used for centuries in timber framing. It's an important aspect of timber frame construction, as it determines how the timbers are held together to form the frame or structure. There are a variety of different types of joinery that can be used in timber frame construction. Most joinery involves using wooden pegs to secure the timbers together.


Table saw rip blade

Wood House Carpentry is a small company with large capabilities. Boasting our own fully-equipped workshop, we have all the machines used to manufacture any wood or wood substitute product to craft custom pieces for clients. We are also able to fabricate new and old trim profiles, cabinetry, and entry and interior doors right here in Metro Detroit.


Hanging plumb bob and tape measure

Raising of a timber frame involves assembling the frame components onsite using traditional joinery techniques. In some cases, it may make sense for the framing crew to handle the installation of the timber frame components, particularly as they are already onsite and have the necessary skills and experience.

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