Cope and Stick

Cope and stick construction is a method for joining of pieces of wood that is frequently used for frames throughout the home. The “stick” is the molded edge inside a frame, and the “cope” is the piece of wood that meets the edge at a 90 degree angle. Both pieces are cut using a router to ensure the proper fit. In cabinetry, 5-piece cabinet doors will use either the cope and stick joint or the mitered joint, which differs primarily from cope and stick construction in that the pieces of wood are cut at 45-degree angles instead of 90-degree angles.

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