Bridle Joints

Bridle joint

Bridle joints are mostly used as a framing joint. It is sometimes used in timber framing and can be slightly modified to be a pivoting or angle joint. It's also used in furniture building as a decorative joint.

At one time this is the joint that was used extensively in the construction of doors and wood frame windows. Although it's still used by some small manufacturers and custom millshops today it's mostly been replace with other joints such as the mortise and tenon.

For the most part it's not the preferred joint in large or small projects due to the difficulty of obtaining a tight joint with flush surfaces on both sides. This is especially a problem when working away from the shop. Cutting consistantly good fitting bridle joints in the field requires skill with hand tools that can best be achieved with a lot of experience.

Attachments, tools and jigs helpful in making  joints.

Heavy-Duty Tenoning Jig
Straight, angled or mitered tenons - this jig cuts it! Safety, accuracy and repeatability are the hallmarks of this heavy-duty tenoning jig. Designed to fit any table saw with a 3/4'' X 3/8'' miter groove, this jig will hold your stock in precise position. The adjustable back stop will support stock from 0 degrees to 45 degrees. The width of the cut is controlled with a fine-threaded adjustment knob. Constructed of cast iron and steel.

Heavy-Duty Tenoning Jig

Heavy-Duty Tenoning Jig
offered at Rockler

Crosscut Saw
The Crosscut Saw is ideal for cross-cutting both soft and hard woods. Features impulse hardened teeth ensuring consistent cutting through the life of the blade. Teeth are taper ground preventing the blade from binding amidst deep cuts. Measures 22-3/8" in total length Blade has a 9-1/2'' cutting edge and is 0.5mm thick Teeth pitch of 1.4mm, 19 TPI Cane wrapped wood handle Made in Japan

Crosscut Saw

Crosscut Saw
offered at Rockler

More common joints. .

Biscuit Joints

Box Joints
Butt Joints
Dado Joints
Dovetail Joints
Dowel Joints
Finger Joints
Miter Joints
Mortise and Tenon Joints
Pocket Hole Joints
Rabbet Joints
Scarf Joints
Spline Joints
Tongue and Groove Joints

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