What is a Bridle joint?
This grouping of joints is stronger than the halving or housing joints because they have a larger gluing area, which gives similar appearance to the mortise and tenon joint, though in most circumstances would not have the same strength. Most of the waste removed with the saw.
What are the advantages of this type of joint?
Large gluing area.
Fairly quick and easy to make.
What are the applications for this type of joint?
Used for fixing shelves to vertical panels in cabinets, bookcases, storage units and boxes, or for drawer fronts and frame construction.
Types of Bridle Joints:
Corner Bridle joint
Use: for lightweight frames, provided they are not subjected to sideways pressure, which tends to force bridle joints out of the square.
The strength of the bridle can be improved if you insert two dowels through the side of the joint after the glue has set.
Tee bridle joint
Use: for intermediate supports for frames.
Unlike the corner bridle, the tee bridle joint is not weak when subjected to sideways pressure and is similar in strength to the mortise and tenon joint.