Here is an exploded view of a half lap scarf with tables. I suppose you could also use wedges between the tables to pull the scarf together. On half has been rotated to show another view.
The most basic scarf for joining two timbers together is the basic half lap joint. One timber has half its depth cut away on the top and one timber has half its depth cut away on the bottom and these two pieces lap over each other. Here is an exploded view of a simple half [...]
This is an exploded view of a post’s stub tenon and mortise from a bent in the middle of the sill. Here you can see that the tenon is flush with the face of the post on one side, and reduced by 1/2″ on the other side making it a standard width. The layout is [...]
This exploded view is of a post’s bottom stub tenon that is at the end of the sill. The tenon is 2″ off the outside face and 2″ thick, and 2″ long. Due to the fact that it is at the end of the sill it is trimmed back 2″ from the face of the [...]