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Cherry Refreshment Table #1: Breadboard Ends and Tusk Tenons

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 199 days ago 1363 reads 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Cherry Refreshment Table series Part 2: Drawer and Hardware »

Here is my cherry refreshment table which will feature a single drawer and breadboard ends.

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I started by making breadboard mortises at the router table. The mortises are 1-1/4” deep and cut in multiple shallow passes.

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I used a 1/4” spiral bit to center a 3/8” groove in the breadboard ends. I made an initial pass in the standard right to left direction. Then I flipped the board end for end and made a pass from left to right to avoid a climb cut.

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I set up my tablesaw with a dado blade and tall auxillary fence, and cut the tenons for the breadboards. On large tables I use a router, but this small table top was pretty easy to manage on the tablesaw.

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A few swipes with a block plane helped with final fitting.

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I dry fit the breadboard end and mortised for three square pegs. Next I elongated the outer holes with a plunge router and edge guide.

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Then I chamfered the ends of the breadboard and tapped it in place. I am careful to glue only the center section of the breadboard, to allow for wood movement.

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Walnut pegs are driven in to secure the breadboard.

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The breadboard ends are slightly thicker than the top, which gives a nice reveal.

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The upper rail is attached with a lapped dovetail. See my desk blog for my router technique for cutting lapped dovetails… http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/38791
All other joinery is mortise and tenon.

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The lower rail is held in place with tusk tenons, which add some detail to an otherwise plain table.

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Next up is the dovetailed drawer.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



10 comments so far

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Handtooler

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#1 posted 199 days ago

Super build and thanks for the extensive informative blog. Very nice work and a very useful piece of furniture.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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SPalm

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#2 posted 199 days ago

Nice table. And looks like a fun build.
You got skills – thanks for passing them on.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Charles Maxwell

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#3 posted 199 days ago

Nice!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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Douglas

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#4 posted 199 days ago

I love cherry, and used it on similar sized, but much more plain, table. I like the detail of having the breadboard ends be a little thicker than the top, it’s a good detail. Looking forward to the next part.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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BTimmons

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#5 posted 199 days ago

Very fine work. Definitely nailed it with the details.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 199 days ago

Thanks guys. I have a love-hate relationship with breadboards, but I do like the detail they add.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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stefang

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#7 posted 198 days ago

Looks wonderful Willie. I like the way you left the breadboard ends proud of the edges. By summer they should be even with the rest of the top. Very neat, nice work all around. I love the A&C style, but my sadly, my wife likes her white furniture so I will just have to continue enjoying yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mean_Dean

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#8 posted 197 days ago

Great looking cherry table! I like how did the breadboard ends—sort of a G&G look to them.

Are you concerned at all with the long, single tenon into the breadboard? I understand that it’s liable to break off under pressure.

-- Dean

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 197 days ago

Hey Dean,
Thanks for commenting. The tenon is 3/8” thick and 1-1/4” long so it’s not going anywhere. For my dining tables I use a 2” deep series of divided tenons. This little table is only 13” wide, so the extra strength wasn’t needed.

Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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bugz

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#10 posted 178 days ago

Great looking table, very nicely done. I really like the proud breadboard end, that sure eliminates the worry over movement. Well done and thanks for the pictures.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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