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Timber truss design Various contributions have been received on aspects of timber design. Jack Baird, a well known Member, writing from Gainshorough in Lincolnshire is concerned about the mismatch between truss rafter design and Code span tables. He writes: Trussed rafters have been a remarkable success for the use of structural timber in the UK, though the thousands of man-days spent on discussing trussed rafters, if spent on other uses of structural timber, might have evolved other more exciting engineering uses. Verulam