Timber joints style - your opinion



Here are a few examples showing longer sections of wood. Notice the pattern doesn’t repeat along the length at all.

And as I said before, most viewers won’t care about this because they know your drawings are just that.


I would like to see the drawings with ‘Profiles’ on. Might make them pop a bit.


Hi, know working on my carpetry joints in my newest Blogpost:

How do you like this style? I am not shure whitch line-style i should use. Should it be darker and thiker?


I think the edges of the timbers look fine. The dashed lines are a bit heavy and the ones for the wedge make it difficult to see. I would only connect the nearest corners of the parts so the dashed lines don’t run along the edges of the parts themselves.


Hi Dave. Thank you very much!


I’ve done quite a bit of pull apart details. Here is one on SketchFab.


Here in the US we tend to refer to all these as scarf joints.



So what is the correct expression? Scarf joint or timber joint?


Typically joining timbers end to end is called a scarf joint. Then there are specific names for the type of scarf joint.

‘timber joint’ is generic, and I would take that to mean any heavy timber to timber connection, from mortise and tenon, various housings, birds mouth (rafter to plate etc.), scarf joint, etc.

A great illustrated work for historical US joinery is:


A great resource is the http://www.tfguild.org


These are really nice Dave! Especially that work bench. Wow.


Thanks Mike. the workbench was featured in Fine Woodworking’s Tools and Shops issue a year and a half ago. I drew the model to create the plans they sell for it.



thank you for your suggestion. How do you make this profiles?

or is there any other possibility/style to draw “Woodendings”?


Is that to show the timber continues? What we could call a “break line” in a 2D drawing?


Hi Dave,

yes to show that the timber continues. :slight_smile:

break line is fine. Sorry for my bad English…


No worries about your English. You do better than some Americans I know. :wink:

Since the joinery you show in your illustration tend to have angled faces, I would be inclined to show the break using curves instead of flat faces and sharp corners.


Hi Dave,

ok thank you very much. Do you have an example how that might look? :slight_smile:


I’ll draw one for you but it’ll have to be later. Gotta get ready for work.


Ok thank you very much!


Maybe something like this. I didn’t take a lot of time to draw it. You could add a little more variation to it although I would try to keep it reasonably simple.