Cleats or Breadboarding?

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Forum topic by aussiechippie posted 09-29-2009 11:23 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2009 11:23 PM

I am designing a Hope Chest (with help from ToolDad) and wanted to know if I need to add breadboarding, cleats or something else to strengthen a 3/4” Cedar lid. It will be about 42” x 21” on top.

The lid is going to be jointed and glued – I wasn’t planning any biscuits or any other fancy joining methods – but please let me know if I should use a jointing router bit, biscuit joints or tongue-and groove joints to make it more stable – I would like this chest to last a LONG time.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 09-29-2009 11:57 PM

I have often done this without the need for breadboard edge. In fact it’s probably adden to an edge more to hide the end grain than to add much strength, as you don’t glue it all along the edge for fear of splitting as you have a cross grain dilema there.Alistair

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