Scarf Joint Template: 3″ and 3-1/8″

scarf joint template

This is a full sized template for tracing out a scarf joint on the end of a timber. There is a template for a 3″ piece and also for a 3-1/8″ piece.

Scarf joints come in many shapes, but the main purpose is the same: to join two timbers together end-to-end to make a longer one. In framing this joint is placed atop a post, to prevent any loss of strength in the vertical load direction. This joint is best cut by hand tools. There is a notch in the middle for placing a wedge (or 2) to drive the two halves tighter together.