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Add Beauty and Strength to Your Custom Outdoor Living Structures

With Outdoor Accents®, a new line of decorative wood connectors and fasteners from Simpson Strong-Tie, you can now bring both design elegance and structural strength to your outdoor living areas.

This hardware accommodates nominal and rough lumber sizes, providing the flexibility you need when designing and building custom outdoor structures.

Key features

  • Post bases secure wood columns to concrete, while providing a 1" standoff height that helps reduce decay
  • Flat T and L strap ties bring decorative appeal and lateral strength to your outdoor living space or even an indoor project
  • Fastener and washer create decorative bolt-like connections, but install with the ease of a screw and without predrilling
  • Structural strength tested and approved to meet stringent building codes for high-wind or seismic conditions
  • Galvanized steel with a black powder coat provides corrosion protection
  • Patent-pending design facilitates easy installation
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The Look of a Bolt, the Ease of a Screw

The Outdoor Accents® hex-head washer provides the decorative appearance of a bolted connection. Its patent-pending design makes for an easier and significantly faster installation compared to through‑bolting. This washer and screw combination is designed specifically to fasten Outdoor Accents post bases, T and L straps, and angles. The SDWS TIMBER Screw with patented SawTooth™ point allows for faster installation, less torque and requires no pre-drilling.

When the Outdoor Accents structural timber screw is combined with the hex-head washer, the solution delivers increased strength and the decorative appeal of a bolted connection with the installation ease of a screw. The structural screw and washer are both sold separately from the Outdoor Accents connectors.

Outdoor Accents Structural Timber Screw

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Start Strong with Post Bases

Outdoor Accents Post Bases

Outdoor Accents post bases secure timber columns to concrete, while providing a 25 mm standoff height that helps minimise risk of decay and screws in lateral loading of the timber post. These bases accommodate 90 mm and 140 mm timber.



Outdoor Accents Post Bases Table
  1. Design Capacity is the lesser of (1) the Characteristic Capacity multiplied by the Australian Capacity Factor, or the NZ Strength Reduction Factor (Φ), and applicable the k modification factors following AS 1720.1 and NZS 3603 and (2) the Serviceability Capacity which is the load at 3.2mm joint slip. Design Capacity is the minimum of test data and structural joint calculation.
  2. For Australia, the Capacity Factor (Φ) is 0.85 for nails and screws for structural joints in a Category 1 application. Reduce tabulated values where other Category applications govern. For NZ, the Strength Reduction Factor (Φ) is 0.80 for nails and screws in lateral loading.
  3. Duration of Load Factor (k1) is as shown. Reduce Duration of Load Factor where applicable. Capacities may not be increased.
  4. Timber species for joint design is seasoned Radiata Pine, which is Australia Joint Group JD4 per AS 1720.1 Table H2.4 and New Zealand timber grade SG8.
  5. Uplift loads have been increased for wind or earthquake or seismic with no further increase allowed; reduce where others govern.
  6. Downloads may not be increased for short-term loading.
  7. Specifier to design concrete for uplift capacity.
  8. Downloads shall be reduced where limited by capacity of the post.
  9. All post fasteners are a Simpson Strong-Tie® SDWS22312DB inserted through an STN22 washer.
  10. Post bases do not provide adequate resistance to prevent members from rotating about the base and therefore are not recommended for non-top-supported installations (such as fences or unbraced carports).
Outdoor Accents Post Bases APB66


Secure Joists with Deck Joist Ties

Outdoor Accents Deck Joist Ties

The deck joist tie attaches 45 mm wide joists to the side of 90 mm or larger support posts. It installs quickly and easily with the Outdoor Accents structural SDWS screw and hexhead washer for the look of a bolted connection.



Outdoor Accents Deck Joist Tie Table
  1. Design Capacity is the lesser of (1) the Characteristic Capacity multiplied by the Australian Capacity Factor, or the NZ Strength Reduction Factor (Φ), and applicable the k modification factors following AS 1720.1 and NZS 3603 and (2) the Serviceability Capacity which is the load at 3.2mm joint slip. Design Capacity is the minimum of test data and structural joint calculation
  2. For Australia, the Capacity Factor (Φ) is 0.85 for nails and screws for structural joints in a Category 1 application. Reduce tabulated values where other Category applications govern. For NZ, the Strength Reduction Factor (Φ) is 0.80 for nails and screws in lateral loading.
  3. Duration of Load Factor (k1) is as shown. Reduce Duration of Load Factor where applicable. Capacities may not be increased.
  4. Timber species for joint design is seasoned Radiata Pine, which is Australia Joint Group JD4 per AS 1720.1 Table H2.4 and New Zealand timber grade SG8.
  5. Design capacity is for a single part.
  6. Joist fastener is a Simpson Strong-Tie SDWS22512DB inserted through an STN22 washer.
  7. Post fastener is a Simpson Strong-Tie SDWS22312DB inserted through an STN22 washer.
Outdoor Accents Deck Joist Ties


Connect Beam to Columns with Strap Ties

Outdoor Accents Beam-to-Column Strap Ties

The flat T and L strap ties bring decorative flair and lateral strength to your outdoor living space or even an indoor project. They provide reinforcement for connections where one timber piece intersects another at a 90-degree angle. They're designed to accommodate multiple timber sizes and to be installed with Outdoor Accents structural timber screws and hex-head washers.



Outdoor Accents Beam-to-Column Strap Ties Table
  1. Design Capacity is the lesser of (1) the Characteristic Capacity multiplied by the Australian Capacity Factor, or the NZ Strength Reduction Factor (Φ), and applicable the k modification factors following AS 1720.1 and NZS 3603 and (2) the Serviceability Capacity which is the load at 3.2mm joint slip. Design Capacity is the minimum of test data and structural joint calculation
  2. 2. For Australia, the Capacity Factor (Φ) is 0.85 for nails and screws for structural joints in a Category 1 application. Reduce tabulated values where other Category applications govern. For NZ, the Strength Reduction Factor (Φ) is 0.80 for nails and screws in lateral loading.
  3. Duration of Load Factor (k1) is as shown. Reduce Duration of Load Factor where applicable. Capacities may not be increased.
  4. Timber species for joint design is seasoned Radiata Pine, which is Australia Joint Group JD4 per AS 1720.1 Table H2.4 and New Zealand timber grade SG8.
  5. Allowable loads have been increased for wind or seismic loads with no further increase allowed.
  6. Connectors must be installed in pairs. Allowable loads do not apply to single parts.
  7. All fasteners are a Simpson Strong-Tie® SDWS22312DB inserted through an STN22 washer.
Outdoor Accents Beam-to-Column Strap Ties


Strengthen Corners with Angles

Outdoor Accents Angles

Outdoor Accents angles tie together beams, rafters and more. These angles make structural connections between beams and posts stronger and provide consistent, strong corners for a variety of outdoor projects.



Outdoor Accents Angles Table
  1. Design Capacity is the lesser of (1) the Characteristic Capacity multiplied by the Australian Capacity Factor, or the NZ Strength Reduction Factor (Φ), and applicable the k modification factors following AS 1720.1 and NZS 3603 and (2) the Serviceability Capacity which is the load at 3.2mm joint slip. Design Capacity is the minimum of test data and structural joint calculation.
  2. For Australia, the Capacity Factor (Φ) is 0.85 for nails and screws for structural joints in a Category 1 application. Reduce tabulated values where other Category applications govern. For NZ, the Strength Reduction Factor (φ) is 0.80 for nails and screws in lateral loading.
  3. Duration of Load Factor (k1) is as shown. Reduce Duration of Load Factor where applicable. Capacities may not be increased.
  4. Timber species for joint design is seasoned Radiata Pine, which is Australia Joint Group JD4 per AS 1720.1 Table H2.4 and New Zealand timber grade SG8.
  5. Allowable loads have been increased for wind or seismic loads with no further increase allowed.
  6. Connectors must be installed in pairs. Allowable loads do not apply to single parts.
  7. All fasteners are a Simpson Strong-Tie® SDWS22312DB inserted through an STN22 washer.
Outdoor Accents Angles


Add an ornate accent with Decorative Washers

Outdoor Accents Decorative Washers

The APDMW56 decorative washer installs easily with the structural SDWS Timber screw and hex‑head washer combination and can be used in a variety of timber-to-timber connections.



Outdoor Accents Decorative Washers Table
  1. Fastener is SDWS22312DBB or SDWS22512DBB, inserted through an STN22 washer.
Outdoor Accents Decorative Washers


Fasten Connections Easily with Connector Screws

Outdoor Accents Connector Screw

The Outdoor Accents connector screw reduces installation time by driving easily without predrilling. Designed for installation with the Outdoor Accents APA21 90-degree angle, the screw's black finish accents any outdoor living project. The sharp point of the screw enables fast starts, and the patented serrated threads reduce torque for improved driveability.



Outdoor Accents Connector Screw
  1. Characteristic values are for connections between two members with full thread penetration into the main member.
  2. Characteristic values are based on installation into the side grain of the timber with the screw axis perpendicular to the face of the member.
  3. The main and side members shall be sawn timber or structural composite timber with the specific gravity or equivalent specific gravity typical
  4. JD4 and JD5 for Australia or SG8 and SG6 for New Zealand.
  5. For design values, apply appropriate capacity factor.
  6. Design values shall be multiplied by applicable adjustment factors from AS 1720.1 or NZS 3603.
Outdoor Accents Structural Timber Screw


Finish Installations Faster with Structural Timber Screws

Outdoor Accents Structural Timber Screw

The Outdoor Accents structural timber screw reduces installation time by driving easily without predrilling. When combined with the patent-pending, load-rated hex-head washer, the solution delivers the decorative appearance of a bolted connection, but with a much easier installation. The screws and washer are both sold separately.



Outdoor Accents Structural Timber Screw
  1. Characteristic values are for connections between two members with full thread penetration into the main member.
  2. Characteristic values are based on installation into the side grain of the timber with the screw axis perpendicular to the face of the member.
  3. The main and side members shall be sawn timber or structural composite timber with the specific gravity or equivalent specific gravity typical of JD4, JD5 and JD6 for Australia or SG8 and SG6 for New Zealand.
  4. For design values, apply appropriate capacity factor.
  5. Design values shall be multiplied by applicable adjustment factors from AS 1720.1 or NZS 3603.
Outdoor Accents Structural Timber Screw
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