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Typical Four Square beam over post connection

The Four Square Post and Beam

The 4SquareTM method is an increasingly more technical system of beautifully hand crafted square timber joinery that still utilizing the natural round logs. This post and beam system is exclusive to The Log Connection but we expect it will be simulated throughout the industry quite quickly.

We created the 4SquareTM post and beam system to merge the endless design flexibility of our round log post and beam homes with the highly detail square connections traditionally found in timber frame joinery. This system incorporates precision wood working techniques, demanding accuracy and modern sculpting to produce a unique and highly refined looking post and beam log home.

The intriguing look of the joinery is a combination of engineering, concealed dovetails and locking mortise and tenon joinery. The strength and connection integrity are unmatched and incorporate techniques commonly used in high seismic areas like  Indonesia, China, and Japan. This building systems is becoming more frequently used as the building regulations, energy codes and engineering specification all become more stringent in Canada and United States.

Our log home designers are working on a new collection of plans that will be exclusive to the 4SquareTM system and expect to introduce them around May of 2014. Until then we will guide you to our existing log home plans and remind you that all of the designs can be converted to suited this building style.

If you have an existing house design we can quote your plans via Email.

Without becoming over technical we have the following photographs to show the joinery details and technical advantages of the system. The photograph to the left shows Western Red Cedar and the photographs below are Douglas Fir.

Four Square beam mortise

Dovetailed mortise provides positive support

Posts with tenoned ends
Open notch showing dovetail receiver

Installed beams over post with dovetail locker

Top end of log posts showing tenon

Four Square beam mortise

Four Square beam mortise

Four Square beam mortise
Example of fully assembled 4Square package

Optional bottom round anchorage system.

Splice joint showing the lap area of two beams.

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