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Bridle Joint

exploded bridle joint               bridle joint

Bridle joints are very similar to the mortise and tenon joint but the difference is in the size of the mortise and tenon. Because these joints still have a mortise and tenon they are still very strong and fairly attractive.

The difference in the bridle joints mortise and tenon is in the length of the tenon and the depth of the mortise. The tenon on this joint is as long as the depth of the timber it is being inserted into and the mortise is cut the whole depth of the timber.

This allows the two pieces to lock tightly and you can also see the end grain of the tenon unlike on the mortise and tenon joint which makes it a little less attractive.

Because of this woodwork joints increased interlocking area more adhesives can be applied which creates a joint that may be marginally stronger than a regular mortise and tenon joint although it isn't quite as aesthetically pleasing because the end grain of the tenon can be seen.

How to Make Bridle Joints
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