Timber Rivets

Christopher C. Williams, P.Eng, MBA Vice President, Timber Systems Limited of Toronto, Canada.

Over the last decade, timber connection research and field experience has demonstrated some advantages of small diameter tight-fit fasteners over large-diameter fasteners such as bolts. Of this family of fasteners, the one most familiar to North American practitioners is the timber rivet, which has design provisions in the National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction (published by the American Forest & Paper Association).

The timber rivet is particularly well suited to the transfer of high loads in heavy timber structures.

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