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Project by oldrivers posted 03-22-2014 04:43 PM 1016 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sassafras table and chairs set. This is a little project I did as a breakfast set for a limited space and now used as a reading / Bill paying center (Pay for woodworking tools lol) The table is 28”(71.12 cm) x43” (109.22 cm)with bread board ends. The Chairs, my design with cushion seats and lumbar section are very comfortable. I used mortis and tendon in the construction.

-- Soli Deo gloria!





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#1 posted 03-22-2014 06:02 PM

Very nice project

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 07:19 PM

Beautiful project. I really like the chairs.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#3 posted 03-22-2014 07:51 PM

Nice one, you did It again – yet another piece of fine furniture, & in this case a set. Nice chairs, something I’ve yet to try. Great table too, but I do have a question or two;
In photographs 2 & 3, it appears that the breadboard ends are only half the thickness of the table top, and setting in a rabbet. Is this the case?, and if so I’m curious why you did it this way?
and, another curiosity question; what are your methods of creating items like this breadboard – machine or hand tools?

Thanks for showing your great creations.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 03-22-2014 09:30 PM

Thanks for all of your encouraging comments. Oldtool that is a very good observation! Question one the thickness of the breadboard is in a sense half of the thickness, the boards I had for the top were not as thick as I wanted the Table top to appear so I added a 2 inch perimeter board around the top for added edge thickness. The breadboard ends are the same thickness using the thickness board cut on a 45 deg. Angle so it can float with the end board. The mitered joint is not attached to the side boards just to the top board. (AS a matter of fact I needed just a fraction more clearance on the near corner you can see a fracture because of that error.)Part two of question one (Why did you do that?) When you deal with me what you see is what you get so the Answer is Ignorance I just did what worked. I now do it the conventional way full thickness on both. If you look closely on picture 1, 2 &4 you can see the tip of the breadboard extended a little (It works) Question two I used a router table and did a tongue and groove match, fitted them together and pinned (or screw) those on the underside, the holes for the pins are just oversized enough to move without stressing the pins. (In this case the pins are in the thickness board that is laminated to the end board to get back under the table top. That was the hard way to do it. Now days I would use a dado blade to cut the groove if the ends of the joint is to be exposed. Otherwise, I would use a spiral up cut bit on the router table to cut the groove to conceal the joint. and stop short of the end and cut the tongue to match and that will let the end float without the joint showing. Cut the tongue either with the router with a straight edge gauge guide (or your preferred method) to fit the groove. (Some use dowels I pefer the tounge to control any cupping of the top) You can glue the center (3 or 4”) and pin the outer ends to achieve the necessary movement. I hope that answered our questions at any rate I opened it up for the real experts to help us with a better way of which I would appreciate them doing. Thanks and may your day be blessed.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 12:55 AM

Old rivers:
Thanks for the explanations, very much appreciated. I’m always looking to learn different & better ways to work wood, that’s why the questions.
Again, thanks, and happy woodworking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 11:46 AM

I failed to mention that was my first attempt at doing a breadboard end. That was YEARS ago with no instructions, no Google so I did a rational approach (in my mind) not the Orthodox method of the Craftsmen, live and learn.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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