Handwork: Cutting the mitered bridle joint
Synopsis: This joint combines the beauty of a miter with the strength of a bridle joint. Chris Gochnour demonstrates how to lay out and cut the mitered bridle joint, which is ideal for frames where you need to combine robust joinery with a clean look.
Combining the beauty of a miter joint with the strength of a bridle joint, the mitered bridle joint is a great choice for any frame—a door, for example—that needs both robust joinery and a clean look.
Cutting a mitered bridle joint with hand tools is not much different from cutting a standard bridle joint, which I demonstrated in a previous Handwork (FWW #257, p. 80). There’s still a tenon on the end of the rail that fits into the stile’s open-ended mortise. The difference is that the tenon’s shoulder is angled 45° across the rail’s front and back faces. This means that the…