The Lap Joint

Exactly the same as the crisscross joint, except that the pieces overlap each other

A full lap joint looks neat and finished Only the receiving piece of wood is cut, the cross rail fits into the opening

Gauge line ^s^

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A half-lap pint mates two pieces of equal thickness Both pieces are cut, the crossrail then fits into the mating piece

A half lap joint requires care. Mark a gauge line indicating half the thickness of the end to be cut Then mark the width of the crossrail onto the receiving piece.

A half lap joint requires care. Mark a gauge line indicating half the thickness of the end to be cut Then mark the width of the crossrail onto the receiving piece.

Now cut the cross rail to the required depth (shoulder line) Again, cut just inside the gauge line; remove the waste wood

Join the two pieces. The fit should be snug Then glue the two. making sure that the shoulder lines are flush Once the glue dries, trim away any excess.

at their ends instead of their centers. For obvious reasons, this basic joint is called an overlap.

Two variations are very good joint types, frequently seen in furniture. One is the full lap, in which a notch is cut in one piece of wood to receive the other. In this type, you avoid having one piece lying on top of the other, so it is neater and stron-

A half-lap pint mates two pieces of equal thickness Both pieces are cut, the crossrail then fits into the mating piece

Now cut the cross rail to the required depth (shoulder line) Again, cut just inside the gauge line; remove the waste wood

Work within the inner edges of the gauge marks saw two cuts on each side and one in the center Chisel away the waste wood gcr. The other is the half-lap. where notches are cut half way into both pieces of wood and the wood is joined by fitting the notches together. This is also neat and strong.

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