Out of curiosity, what would the proper notching method be? I know that structural integrity is compromised if you notch more than 1/3 a piece of wood, but it seems like a column would need more surface area resting on a beam to transfer the load. Of course I think between the notch resting on the beam and bolts through the beam, it would hold.
Something like this?
Those are interesting thoughts also.... I would suppose it would also depend on whether that beam was solid, or how well it was laminated to itself. Intuitively, it seems it ought to be sufficient... but if I had big snow loads, I'd want an engineer stamping it I guess.
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