Mitre scribed and scarf joints

If two pieces of wood of equal section are to be joined together without the end grain showing then the mitre cut between them must halve the overall angle. Thus if they meet at 90° then the mitre cut is 45° (168:1); if 120° then 60°, etc. (168:2). If, however, the meeting pieces are of unequal section then a true mitre of 45° will result in a longer cut in the larger section, with the result as shown by the dotted line (168:3); therefore the mitre must be 'faked', i.e. the angle pitched so that the meeting cuts are equal in each piece.

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