Graphical Construction Glossary >> Woodwork. >> Joints >> Scarf Joint
Above is a plain scarf or lap splice. Any joint of this type where part of one member overlaps another is called a Lapped Joint.
When I was a young journeyman carpenter I worked for a firm that specialised in timber engineering. Among other things we built large span bowstring roof trusses. In effect we end joined lengths of 2" x 1 1/2" softwood timber with scarfed joints like above until the were 60Ft to 80ft long. We then laminated a few of those together to make the curved top and bottom chords.
Modern day boatbuilders use the scarf to join sheets of ply.
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