At the Chair of Timber Constructions of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) tests were carried out to join wooden work pieces by friction welding without any additional welding deposit. It could be determined that this kind of technology, which is mainly used for thermoplastics and metal, can also be applied to wood. Tests were carried out to determine the influence of the processing parameters like welding pressure, frequency and amplitude of the circular movement on the welding process and the input of energy at the interface. In addition, the resistance of the joint was examined. The development of the shear strength during solidification of the interface as well as the shear strength achievable after a complete solidification of the interface was the objective of the examinations. Furthermore, the microstructure of the welded joint was studied to reveal the manner in which the thermally decomposed wood forms the connection between the welded pieces.