The BHB, Big Honkin' Bracket

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Project by FranBo posted 07-23-2012 01:35 AM 2797 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built as a prototype for a home in southern yellow pine, actual brackets will be cedar. Just a bit different from the sketch. Mortise and tenon joinery and dados with glue and screws, joints to be drilled and doweled, should be very strong indeed with simple T-cross section like that, similar to an I-beam, easy to use 2×4 stock this way, whichever wood type you use. Challenges include lining up the diagonal brace and getting it perfectly square, and then executing mortises with one angled side (see parts photo) which had to be done carefully with a chisel at just the right angle. Assembly, stain and finish at a later time.

—Fran B, Residential Designer

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 03:28 AM

Not sure what in the world I would use it for, but now I want to build one!

-- Steve

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 05:19 AM

Wow awesome craftsmanship on that bracket. Great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 05:56 AM

Your courageous approach to joinery is inspiring, that is an awful lot of joins to get just right all at the same time, good for you and may the job go as planned. Your other projects turned out great so I am sure this bracket will be great too.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 11:47 AM

Camps, the BHB is for roof overhangs over window units. I have a specific purpose for it, a house design with two box bays up front, each with a very deep overhang/awning. Attach two cedar versions of these to each side of each window unit, put a 4×6 cedar beam with a nice pattern cut on each end across the top, and lay rafters on top of that, maybe a 9 or 10 pitch. Metal roof on top. Also, it could be a heavy duty shop shelf support. Yes, the joints on the angle brace in particular HAVE to be right or it won’t come together correctly. Thanks guys!

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 04:46 PM

THese are simple to make. You make your self a 4 inch by 6 inch bracket and put it through your enlarging machine. RIGHT!!

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 01:25 AM

You have a timber enlarging machine?????? I need one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How much you want for it?

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 03:38 AM

I’m glad you defined what “BHB” stands for. One of our previous Scoutmasters announced the next campout would feature a BHB w/o defining what “BHB” meant, so we were left to guess, i.e. “Beer, Hookers, and Brats”, “Boobs, Hooters and Butts”, etc. We were terribly disappointed to find out he meant Big Honkin’ Breakfast.

Awesome Bracket!

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 11:50 AM

That bracket DOES look mighty tasty. Maybe I’ll have it for breakfast.

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#9 posted 07-26-2012 03:45 AM

FranBo… nicely done and I know how many brain cells you burned through trying to figure it out. Consider the following effort of mine…

Be sure to post a pic of the finished installation… I just quoted a similar design element to a client for a front entry “hip” roof kind of cover.

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#10 posted 07-26-2012 05:13 PM

Gunpowder: sure enough, I’ll post more pics when installed. There will be an exposed beam, rafters, and roof sheathing boards, so it will be nice. By the way, this was easy compared to the mudroom bench I’m working on. It has 84 parts!

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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