Dovetail Tenon and Bridle Joint

These two joints are halfway between lap joints and mortise and tenon joints. The sliding dovetail tenon has an Escheresque ambiguity—which is the tenon and which is the mortise? Both parts of the joint have positive and negative spaces. In any case, the dovetail tenon often serves to connect a stub joist to the plate where a stairwell or chimney interrupts the pattern of floor joists. It's simple enough to cut with a chisel and saw but has minimal rigidity unless precisely fitted into deep, hard wood.

A bridle joint is an open mortise and tenon — quick to cut because you can saw the inside cheeks of the joint and remove the root with an auger. In carpentry, the bridle joint usually joins the ends of timbers. In other trades, it gets more mid-timber action. The legs of a chair often connect to rockers with a bridle joint.

Laying out and cutting the bridle joint introduces the advantage of using tools in matching incremental sizes. If your gauge, your auger, and your chisel all cut an inch-wide swath, then you're well equipped to cut one-inch-wide mortises. Other sizes will be more bothersome without tools to match them.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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