Bridle joint

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Corner bridle joint
T-bridle joint

A bridle joint is a woodworking joint, similar to a mortise and tenon, in that a tenon is cut on the end of one member and a mortise is cut into the other to accept it.[1] The distinguishing feature is that the tenon and the mortise are cut to the full width of the tenon member.

The corner bridle joint (also known as a slot mortise and tenon) joins two members at their respective ends, forming a corner. This form of the joint is commonly used to house a rail in uprights, such as legs. It provides good strength in compression and is fairly resistant to Stacking, although a mechanical fastener or pin is often required. The bridle joint is very popular in workbench construction.

Corner bridles are often used to join frame components when the frame is to be shaped. Material can be removed from the joined members after assembly without sacrificing joint integrity. The tee bridle joint is very strong and good for joining 2 pieces together

A variation of the bridle joint is the T-bridle, which joins the end of one member to the middle of another.[2]

In traditional timber framing the bridal joint is commonly used to join the tops of principle rafters

Applications[edit]

  • Legs or stiles to rails
  • Frames

Methods[edit]

Corner bridles can be cut by the following methods:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridle Joints, WoodworkDetails.com
  2. ^ Woodwork Joints Proven Woodworking