What are some good ideas about splicing moulding for a 143" rail? I'm going to use Larson Juhl's 3" Bamboo Black moulding. I was thinking to cut both pcs at a 45 and glue/screw. Any other suggetsions? Thanks!
We have made really long pieces with just glue by cutting the joint at about 20 degrees. This not only makes a really long surface area for more holding power, but it's almost an edge-glue situation, which is stonger than the wood itself. Once glued and set, we have machined it just like any piece of wood - plane, route, sand, etc.
David is right, with a scarf joint the shallower the angle the better - gets you closer to an strong edge join as opposed to a weak butt join. The problem with bamboo patterned molding is you not only have to make a 20 degree cut but pattern match as well. If you can fit in an inner structural strainer then your scarf joint can be primarily decorative. Good luck.