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Learn how to make a scarf joint; details include using this special joint for making repairs to furniture or trim.

The scarf joint is an overlapping joint that can be used to connect together two shorter pieces of lumber to make a longer one. 

In this case, I was trying to repair the frame of an antique doll carriage so badly damaged that a section had to be removed.

The same technique is often used when joining two pieces of architectural trim such as crown molding in the middle of a long run.

The term probably comes from one meaning of the word "scarf":  to make a long tapering cut.  Whalers made an incision along the length of a whale's body called a scarf.

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