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I am making a 5 foot cross from 2X untreated construction lumber which will be used outdoors one month a year. Would a half lap joint be suitable, this being a cross-grain situation. If not, what would be the best option? I plan to use outdoor stain/sealer.
 

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Scotty D
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how would the wood be allowed to expand or isn't that a problem

For your application, I don't see it being a problem. Const. lumber is fairly wet when you buy it. It will more than likely shrink. :yes:
 
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