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Sherpa architecural/structural connectors

Sherpa make a variety of advanced timber connectors that are either hidden from view or are aesthetically minimalist in detailing, using high quality metal castings.    There are multiple designs to suit a variety of structural applications and are made with apperance and durability in mind.  Among the options, the male-to-female sliding lock connector – for say joist to beam connections – provides good joint stability in three directions.


High quality connector for structural and aesthetically exposed joints.


Expensive. The required level of accuracy required to use this connector is likley to be hard to reliably achieve in Australia.


It would be worth considering if a cheaper, pressed metal version of the sliding lock joint, would be viable in Australia.




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