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The connections should be considered pinned.  Use knee braces to make
them rigid, both in the plane of the bent and transverse to it.
Hope this helps,
Jay Bryan

Brandon Erickson wrote:
> I am working on a traditional timber frame home on ocean front property in New
> England.  The post-and-beam construction uses large timbers to construct a
> series of bents which define the cross-section of the house.  The timbers are
> combined with mortise and tenon type connections.  There are no nails, light
> metal hangers, etc. used.  1" diameter oak pegs are used instead.
> My question is with regard to the lateral system of such a building.  The
> building faces open ocean and will get some pretty heavy wind storms.  Does any
> one have experience or suggestions as to how to approach the lateral design of
> such a building?  The little bit of literature I've found indicates that walls
> are not used for rigidity.  Are the bents to be considered as some type of
> moment frame?  What about in the direction perpendicular to the bents?
> Thank you in advance for your responses.