What is a Full Lap?
In woodworking, a full lap is a type of joint where two pieces of wood are joined together by cutting away material from each piece so that they overlap each other. The overlapping section is typically the same thickness as the rest of the wood, creating a flush and seamless joint.
A full lap joint is often used in construction and furniture-making, where a strong, stable joint is required. The joint is typically created by cutting a slot or groove into one piece of wood, called the “female” piece, and a corresponding protrusion, or “tenon”, into the other piece, called the “male” piece. When the two pieces are fitted together, the tenon slides into the slot, creating a strong and stable connection.
Full lap joints are used in a variety of applications, including in the construction of frames, cabinetry, and furniture. They are relatively easy to make and can be reinforced with glue, nails, or dowels to increase their strength and stability. The joint is also relatively easy to disassemble, making it a good choice for situations where the joint may need to be taken apart for repairs or modifications.