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Building a dinning table without using breadboard ends?

by SweetTea
posted 10-31-2016 03:35 PM

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#1 posted 10-31-2016 04:01 PM

I have built several tables using walnut and maple without using separate end boards. I used a seal coat of dewaxed shellac to the entire piece, in part to seal the end pores, before applying the final finish and the ends came out just fine. This avoids any issues that may arise from seasonal expansions as well as simplifying the construction.

-- Marty O'C

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#2 posted 10-31-2016 04:20 PM

I’ve built six tables and none have breadboard ends, they are completely optional although I would consider them if doing a long trestle.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-31-2016 04:32 PM

No need for BB ends. If you have good kiln dried lumber I wouldn’t rip to 3 inch prices. I never done that in 50 years and don’t have problems. And if I didn’t have good wood I wouldn’t be building at table. Just me

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The less pieces the less work and easier to match the grain and color of the wood.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 10-31-2016 04:51 PM

Does the top need any special pieces to installed on the ends? (Where the breadboards would normally go) or can I leave the ends exposed?

No, you don’t need anything on the ends and yes you can leave the end grain exposed. I have done it many times and in many cases I prefer the look of exposed end grain over breadboard ends.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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