Living in New England one constantly comes across all sorts of architectural woodwork, and it is interesting to compare approaches to the same sort of structural problem. Take gates and doors for instance. One area in which I notice considerable variation in the arrangement of parts is that of hinged doors with diagonal braces.
There is the ‘X’ form type:
The question is: which type of bracing, in a hinged gate/door, is the best from a structural perspective? Or doesn’t it matter, is each method is as good as the other?
On the 12th of this month, or shortly thereafter, I’ll return to this topic and explore these questions in detail.
Go to part II.