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Forum topic by SFDCapt posted 09-02-2015 02:25 AM 995 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2015 02:25 AM

Here is an open question to all out there in LJ land!

I am making a farmhouse table for a client that will have breadboard ends on it. I chose to use dominos to attach the bread board. There are seven on each end, the center one will be glued completely with a tight fitted mortise. The remaining will be glued into tight mortises in the ends of the main top. I am then cutting elongated mortises for these in the breadboard edge. The plan is to use dowels through the breadboard and Dominos as an attachment, no glue. The idea is that the elongated mortises will allow cross grain expansion of the main top boards as the climate dictates without being restricted by the breadboard.

Does this sound right to everyone or am I about to make an expensive mistake? I would hate to be buying another $500 of hickory.

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 09-02-2015 03:15 AM

I think I’m misunderstanding, Lee. You plan to put the outer tenons into elongated mortises, but then pin them with dowels ? Won’t pinning them defeat the wood movement plan ?

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#2 posted 09-02-2015 03:50 AM

I think (hope) Lee planned on making the hole thru the domino elongated also. I believe that would ease the tension. Waiting for someone more knowledgeable to answer.

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#3 posted 09-02-2015 10:59 AM

Yes the hole in the tenon would also be elongated. Sorry I left that out.

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#4 posted 09-02-2015 12:44 PM

This video is perfect for what you’re doing. Brian McCauley has a very detailed video of just this.

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#5 posted 09-02-2015 02:07 PM


Thanks for the link!


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#6 posted 09-02-2015 02:31 PM

@Phillip: thanks for the video.

I have never done a breadboard end so take this with the appropriate grain of salt. I recall reading somewhere that one of the functions of the breadboard was to keep individual boards from cupping. Would this method serve that purpose? Did I recall wrong and individual boards don’t cup on a table top?

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#7 posted 09-02-2015 04:14 PM

Well here is the first end pinned in place. Top is hickory, dowels are hand turned from some scrap walnut I had in the shop.

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