“Cope and stick” is a woodworking technique used to create strong and decorative joints in frame and panel construction, commonly used in cabinet making and furniture making.
The “cope” refers to the process of cutting a profile or shape (called a cope) into the end of one piece of wood that will fit snugly over the edge of another piece of wood. The “stick” refers to the matching piece of wood with a profiled edge that fits into the cope.
The cope and stick joints are usually made using a router or a shaper machine. This technique allows for the creation of joints that are both strong and aesthetically pleasing, and it is commonly used in the construction of doors, cabinets, and other furniture pieces that require strong and stable frames.