How to cut a BRIDLE JOINT by HAND

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In this video, I’ll be showing you how to cut a bridle joint entirely by hand, no power tools what so ever! This woodworking joint looks beautiful when finished due to the contrasting end grain and long grain and is a great addition to your woodworking skillset!

If you haven’t already, be sure to watch my video on how to saw correctly as it will help you tremendously here:

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My name is Matt Estlea, I’m a 22 year old Woodworker from Basingstoke in England and my aim is to make your woodworking less s***.
I come from 5 years tuition at Rycotewood Furniture Centre and 4 years experience working at Axminster Tools and Machinery where I still currently work on weekends. During the week, I film woodworking projects, tutorials, reviews and a viewer favourite ‘Tool Duel’ where I compare two cometitive manufacturers tools against one another to find out which is best.
I like to have a laugh and my videos are quite fast paced BUT you will learn a lot, I assure you.

Lets go make a mess.




David Stoney says:

Finally, someone that explains woodworking in a logical fashion. This (as in me) old dog has learnt some new tricks that I wish I’d learnt many years ago! Thanks Matt, you’re an inspiration to me trying again.

Psychromatic Apparel says:

sir, what do you call the clamp you used?

scorpiomaj27 says:

I can't wait to try something like this. How strong is a joint like this in general?

NotoriousMOK says:

good looking joint and useful video with good angles — thanks for this!

Eddie Espinosa says:

Bandsaw works good too

Justin Budreau says:

you can divide any width but holding the ruler on a 0 on one corner and rotating it to the divisor on the opposing edge equal to the amount of divisions needed. IE Hold at 0, rotate to 3, mark every cm to divide by three. If your piece is wider than the divisor, multiply it until you reach the width and mark accordingly

Caldermologist says:

I will need to take great care when making these joints next time when the finish is only six layers of milk paint. 😉

mwilson70201 says:

Very nice camera work my friend. Nice, concise, instruction given as well, God bless.

Gerhard Tautz says:

Why so overbearing or arrogant? Technically it is very good!

Mark Schwarz says:

As a very amateur wood butcher, I found this video to be exactly the level of information/technique I need. I have subscribed.

Francois Bergevin says:

I'd love a video on what markings you use on the wood and what they mean.

Mat Smith says:

Next video: "How to hire Matt to make all your furniture".

Only just discovered your channel – subscribed!

giuseppe mastrosanti says:

Complimenti sei bravissimo, hai mai pensato di spiegare anche in italiano, ciao buon lavoro 🤗

trackerdan1 says:

Are you a fan of the original Batman series??

Mike Livermore says:

Great skills Matt – you’re making it look easy, which we all know isn’t the case. Plus given your ‘warts and all’ approach you got it looking perfect first time – damn😄

Terry Pendergrass says:

Case of the magic wood.. 7:287:33 WHAAAA?

Mike Thompson says:

I'm looking for a Jesus pen and pencil matching set. That should certainly help my poor marking skills.

Brian C says:

Angle your ruler across the timber until you get a whole number divisible by three. In this case 30mm would be perfect. then mark at 10 and 20 mm.

Dan Pryde says:

Hahaha. Man, I feel so incompetent watching this Matt. Can't believe how well this turns out. Good freaking skills mate.

John Buerger says:

Great series,  Keep up the nice work.  Thank you for your demos.

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