So the biggest difference, most all other timber framers, this is how they cut it out. This is how we used to cut it out in the very beginning. We would take a chain saw and skill saw, kind of hack out a “U” shape through the posts like on both sides even.
So, we would slide through like this here. We’d slide the other one through. We’d lock it in and then bolt it in which is great cause day one if you’re really good you can get a pretty tight seam there but after two months, six months, you know, a year, two years you start getting a gap there. It is not wrong. It is just how it is.
Wood expands and contracts especially outside and these become so brittle, too, sometimes they break off and you to screw them on. It just looks terrible. So, that’s pretty much how you’re going to get your timber frame kit or timber pergola and pavilions put together.