Dragon beam

Dragon beam

A beam of a traditional timber-framed house that is set diagonally at the corner to support the corner post and floor joist when the building jetties on two different sides.

dragon beam, dragon piece

A short, horizontal piece of timber which bisects the angle formed by the wall plate at the corner of a wood-frame building; one end serves to receive and support the foot of a hip rafter; the other end is supported by a dragon tie.
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Dragon beams were found in the ceilings and timbers were uncovered that bore the signs of having been reclaimed from ships, weathered and aged into inflexibility.