Mitred Bridle Joint

HAND CUT

The mitred bridle is cut in a similar vvav to the

conventional corner joint, but is a more attractive alternative for framing, because end grain appears on one edge only.

How Draw Bridle Wood Joint

1 Marking the foint

Cut the components exactly to length. Mark the width of the parts on each end and square the shoulders all round, using a try square and pencil. Mark the sloping face of the mitre on both sides of each component with a knife and mitre square.

Wood Try Square

2 Gauging the tenon and open mortise

Set the pins of a mortise gauge to one-third the thickness of the wood, and adjust the stock to centralize the pair of pins on the edge of the work. Scribe the width of the tenon on the inside edge and across the end grain of the appropriate member. On the mortise member, scribe similar lines across the end and on both edges tenon member tenon member

Mortiser Hold Down
mortise member
How Corner Bridle

3 Cutting the open mortise

Cut out the waste from the mortise as described for a conventional corner bridle joint (see page 36), then hold the work on a bench hook and saw down the marked line to mitre both cheeks of the joint. If the mitres are not perfect, shave them with a block plane.

Cutting Tenon

4 Cutting the tenon

Clamp the tenon member at an angle in a vice and saw down to the mitred shoulder on both sides of the tenon; keep the saw blade just to the waste side of the line. Holding the work on a bench hook, saw along both mitred shoulders to remove the waste. If necessary, trim the mitred surfaces with a shoulder plane.

stretcher. On the inside edge only, extend the lines past the shoulder by 9mm (3/8in), to accommodate wedges at a later stage.

At the right-hand end of each stretcher, scribe lines across the end grain and along the inside edge only,

Inside Joint Line

1 Marking the square shoulders

Cut four stretchers to length. Draw square shoulders all round, one stretcher-width from each end.

wedges

Machine For Edge Joint

wedges stretcher. On the inside edge only, extend the lines past the shoulder by 9mm (3/8in), to accommodate wedges at a later stage.

At the right-hand end of each stretcher, scribe lines across the end grain and along the inside edge only,

4 Resetting the mortise gauge

Reset the gauge to place the innermost pin on the centre line. Mark both ends of each stretcher in a similar way, but this time scribe both edges and end grain at the right-hand end (allowing for wedges), and only the end grain and inside edge at the left-hand end.

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