I have been lurking here for a little while but thanks for letting me tap into your collective knowledge with my first post!
I am in the process of building a farm table for my friend – it is 60×36 and will be made out of kiln-dried pine. I’ve planed, cut, and glued up 5 boards for the table top and would like to put on 5-inch breadboards on both ends.
Mortise and Tenon seems to be the way most people attach breadboards, but given my limited tools and experience this intimidates me a bit! I have a Bosch 1617 router that I’ve used on a limited basis, but not many other tools that would be useful.
When I went to Rockler tonight, the salesperson said that although M&T would be ideal, a half-lap joint by just routing out a 3/4” deep, 2.5” groove on both the top of the table and bottom of the breadboard should also be structurally stable. I could then glue/dowel the middle of the half lap.
Just wanted to get some opinions on whether this would be a respectable way to join the breadboard, or any other thoughts/advice!
Thanks in advance for reading!