huge... HUGE... (for me) bridle joint

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Forum topic by kimball posted 08-13-2009 01:53 AM 1077 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2009 01:53 AM

I am building a new mantle for my corner fireplace in the Greene and Greene tradition (somewhat). The mantle will consist of two, 8/4 boards (1 3/4” x 12” x 84” and 1 3/4” x 12” x 96”). They will be joined with a bridle joint and pegged w/ mesquite (I live in the desert). The 84” board will form the open mortise and the 96” board will form the through tennon (both boards will actually be 1/2” longer than stated so as to stand proud of the joint). The tennon, I don’t believe, will present a problem. I plan on using a streight edge with a router and 1” bottom bit along with a lot of repositioning. It’s the mortise that I can’t quite get my head around and since I am a power tool adhearant, I need advise (no chain saws PLEASE). Any of you SAW DUST JOCKEYS have an answer, or at least a suggestion? ( I wash and wax cars as well as mow lawns) Thanks, Kimball
P. S. I hope my description was adequate.

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 02:05 AM

See this link , and go to fig. 84, that is how I do it, then use a bandsaw to cut to the hole from the drill bit.
I then use my Japanese saw rasp
( to finish up. A regular rasp works fine too. Just test fit often.

With a table saw, do this:

Or the LJ way:

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 06:50 PM

Thanks John
I pretty much use those proceedures on smaller projects, it’s this BIG one I am having trouble with. Like I said, I can handle the tennon ok. I just have to figure out the making of the saddle. Perhaps I’ll slice the board (UGGH!) into four inch boards and handle it that way.
Thanks again Kimball

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