| While you cant
do much about the weather, you can build projects that last. The secret
is to use joinery that defies the elements. Three such joints (the
very same ones we used in our porch project)
are presented here. Specifically, they are a locking rabbet joint
for the cladding on the posts, an open mortise and tenon joint for
the mid-caps, and a scarf joint for the fascia and skirt boards (Illustration,
right). Each of these joints is explained in the videos on this page.