|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 12-04-2015 03:28 PM||1026 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
12-04-2015 03:28 PM
Ok, so I’m not entirely sure how I found myself in this predicament, but clearly I miscalculated something along the way.
I’m building a rustic coffee table from reclaimed wood. I wanted beefy bread board ends. The idea was 1.5” of tenon into a 3.75” wide breadboard (no science behind that width – I simply thought it looked about right, as compared to the overall top size and the width of the boards that make up the top). But, now that I’ve assembled the base and trimmed the top the bread board ends would end up over the legs, as opposed to hanging out in space, where I had envisioned them. Hopefully you know what I mean.
The way I see it here are my options:
1. Rip the bread board ends down a bit so that they not as wide and don’t require quite as long of a tenon. This would allow the ends to start JUST BARELY outside the base and the overhang would basically be entirely comprised of the bread board ends.
2. Stick with the plan, but have the bread board ends starting at, or just inside the outer edge of the base. In other words they might be sitting on the legs/base a little. Not ideal, IMO, but because they are milled the same as the top it should at least sit perfectly flat.
3. Gulp. Suck it up, cut down the length-wise aprons and stretchers and shorten the base. I’m really temped to do this, but it’s annoying because I hand cut the tenons and planed them down with a shoulder plane, fitting them. Ugh.
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m depressed about the idea of rework, but it seems like the right thing to do. To me the top should overhang the base a bit and THEN the bread board ends should kick in. I’m going to look for examples to see if I can find any existing work for comparison. Is there a way to reverse the BB ends and have the mortise on the top? That would solve this problem, I believe.
Looking for opinions.
Here’s the table to give you an idea…