This paper discusses the concept of round-end cut webs for
timber trusses. Punched steel gusset plates that are nailed by
means of individual nails may be used for site assembly of
trusses with round-end webs. Nailed gusset plate connections
and full-scale truss test results are presented. Ways of improving
the performance of nailed gusset plates are also suggested.
The author points out that this method of truss assembly has
advantages for the owner-builder and the small rural builder. In
developing (Third World) countries, this method is particularly
suitable because of its job creation possibilities.