A Sliding Dovetail Bridle Joint for a Federal Card Table

During Fine Woodworking Live, Steve Latta emphasized that he liked using a “sliding dovetail bridle joint” for the two front legs of a Federal card table. The reason? Contrary to what you might think, it is actually much easier to make than a standard bridle joint! Indeed, the lip created by the dovetail on the front side of the leg will hide any mistake you might have made while cutting the joint (cutting a bridle joint with no gap whatsoever is very hard to do…) In addition, if the veneer were to ever de-laminate, that same lip would prevent the veneer from going anywhere. The question is: how do you precisely cut that joint on a curved apron? Instead of a long and boring explanation, click on the pictures below and leave a comment in the comments section of this blog article if you have any additional questions you would like me to address. Cheers!

2 thoughts on “A Sliding Dovetail Bridle Joint for a Federal Card Table

  1. Christopher Landy

    That’s pretty impressive. Why not do a sliding dovetail on both side? Unnecessary or just too difficult on the inside curve?

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