How to Join Wood Frames


Both large and small woodworking projects use two-by-fours to create a frame. Joining wood frames is necessary to complete projects and have a guide for finishing carpentry projects. When properly assembled, the frame will be sturdy and add strength to the overall design. Although most projects follow the same basic process, variations exist if you desire a special style of joint for your wood frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Miter box
  • Place one end of wood at a right angle against the other. This is a box joint. Place a nail against the wood and hammer it into the other, connecting the joint.

  • Create a butt joint by placing the end of one piece of wood at any place along the second piece. Connect the two boards by hammer nails into the two boards.

  • Use a miter joint by cutting 45-degree angles on each piece of wood. Place each piece of wood into a miter box. Cut one piece at a left 45-degree angle and the other at a right 45-degree angle. Connect by hammering nails into the wood directly through the miter joint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using screws instead of nails can sometimes create a stronger wood frame than nails. Screws have fewer tendencies to loosen or shift over time.


  • "The Big Book of Home How-To"; Meredith Books; 2003
  • Photo Credit wood frame image by Pavel Losevsky from
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