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How to cut a bridal joint with a multi-tool

Posted 10 Mar 2022

Bridle joints, also referred to as a T-bridle joint provide structural strength and offer a unique look on frames and corners. This makes bridle joints ideal for chairs and bench construction, as well as any time you need a solid 90 degree joint. However, bridle joints can be tricky to master for beginners but having the right tool can certainly make it a lot easier. Whilst there are many ways of cutting a bridle joint, using a multi-tool with the SMART 32mm Japanese Tooth blade can make this a very quick and easy joint to master.

What is the Japanese Tooth Blade?

The Japanese Tooth blade is a multi-tool accessory that’s designed to cut a range of materials, including timber, laminate and plastic. With a large tooth style, this blade allows for extremely fast cuts in most applications, making this the perfect timber cutting solution.

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Tools to cut a bridle joint

If you don’t own a multi-tool or you enjoy working with wood, you can cut a bridle joint entirely by hand without any power tools. This traditional method is effective, but not particularly time efficient compared to a multi-tool. Plus, if you’re a beginner it’s essential that you know how to use a hand saw correctly to achieve a professional finish.

Alternatively, you can use a table saw which involves standing the wood vertically while it moves past the blade. To hold the workpiece safely you’ll need to use a commercial tenoning jig or one you have created. You can purchase pre-made jigs which are inexpensive but making your own from scrap wood is even cheaper. Although jigs can make complex woodworking tasks easier, a lot of people don’t enjoy building them due to the extra time and effort it involves.

This is where the Japanese Tooth blade really comes into its own. By equipping your multi-tool with this blade you’ll instantly turn your tool into a powerful, cost effective handheld saw which will achieve the job in half the time.

How to cut a bridle joint with the Japanese Tooth Blade?

1. Identify the waste

Pencil in the waste areas on the two pieces of wood that will be joined together. The segments you will be removing on the first piece will be the opposite on the joining piece.

2. Attach the blade

When you’re ready to use the multi-tool, attach the Japanese Tooth blade to your multi-tool.

3. Make the cut

Once you have secured the wood to your workbench, begin removing the waste areas with the multi-tool.

4. Assemble the joint

Now that you have created the bridle joint simply join them together. Depending on the project, glue may be required when assembling for extra joint strength.

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