Bridle Joint and Tenoning Jig

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Forum topic by td19 posted 05-12-2013 03:18 PM 1871 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2013 03:18 PM

I’m hoping to make table legs similar to the style used by George Nakashima in his Frenchman’s Cove II ( This requires bridle joints and I’m having a really hard time figuring out a precise way of cutting the mortises on the ends of the legs. I don’t have a hollow chisel mortiser, which would probably make the job a lot easier and my skill with hand tools is nonexistent. I’m considering buying a tenoning jig for my table saw, but I’m unsure of whether a 29” leg could stand securely (and safely) in the jig while I make my cuts.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has experience using a tenoning jig, it would be great to hear whether or not you think a leg that tall could stay in place while making cuts?

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 03:26 PM

Frank Klausz cutting bridle joints with his fence-riding
tenon jig.

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