Starting Out: Cutting a Bridle Joint
Find out how to make this a simple version of a mortise and tenon, in this second of four articles on starting out as a woodworker
Synopsis: In this second of four articles on starting out as a woodworker, Roger Holmes explains how to make bridle joints, or a simple mortise and tenon, for a simple table. This joint requires accurate, organized marking out, and he explains how to do that and how to cut the cheeks and shoulders. Most joints need a little trimming to fit snugly, which he talks about, before he addresses chamfering.
The mortise-and-tenon is one of the most basic and versatile woodworking joints. It can be as plain as the rung-to-leg joints in any stick chair, or as complicated as some of the three-dimensional, jigsawpuzzle joints used in Japanese house carpentry. A mortise-and-tenon can be used almost any time you need to join the end of one piece to the edge of another. They’re such effective joints that it’s hard to find a piece of furniture without at least one, even…