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8 ways to make end-to-end joints that hold

Bevel-cut scarf joints
Saw blade at an angle
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Cut crown-molding ends on
opposite sides of the blade
for a tight end-to-end joint.

Bevel-cut scarf joints

By cutting ends at an angle before joining them, you expose more long grain for a better bond. The sharper the angle, the larger and better the gluing surface. For example, a 45° bevel increases the gluing surface by about 40 percent and helps conceal the joint line on a profiled surface. To match the angles, cut one end on one side of the saw blade and the mating end on the opposite side, as shown at right. Even if your blade bevel angle varies slightly from 45°, the pieces will mate.

To join the halves, clamp the lower one against a flat surface. Then clamp the upper piece down and against the bevel on the lower piece. Align the pieces with a straightedge, if necessary.

Continued on page 7:  Miter-cut scarf joints


Comments (1)
rruchti4390 wrote:

Your information on finger joints is not worth a pinch of salt if you don't explain how to make them, or at least a link to that information

11/20/2014 10:15:58 AM Report Abuse

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