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Scarf Joint

Under squinted Half Lap Joint

Under Squinted Half Lap Joint

The beauty of the simple lap joint is the ease in cutting it, as it is merely two timbers reduced to half of their thickness where they lap over each other. This provides a face-grain-to-face-grain joint with a good amount of connecting surface.

Stop bladed scarf joint

Stop Bladed Scarf Joint

If you need to span a distance greater than your lumber dimensions, scarf joints are the way to go. Another variation on the scarf joint, this stop bladed scarf joint is a half-lap joint with the addition of the stops, also called tongues or blades.

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