I've framed it that way many times, zero top plate. The straps takes the scissors points out of it.ScipioAfricanus said:Depending on what exactly your are trying to accomplish, I have designed stuff similar to what your describing by cutting out the top plates, inserting a proper sized header and tying the two ends of the top plates into the header with MSTAs from Simpson. I like that particular one as it is 18 GA. not too expensive and does the job. Placed on both sides of top doubler. Not telling which size as I am not your designer, so there. Andy.