Attaching breadbord to barnwood tables.

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Forum topic by gkrug posted 01-28-2016 03:16 PM 387 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2016 03:16 PM

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It’s recommended that the breadboard only be glued in the center third on the table. On recent barn wood table top projects I used biscuits, Kreg pocket screws and glue to the entire width of the table top.

It was suggested that I use tongue and groove to attached the breadboard and attach the center third any way I desire, but no glue on the remaining 2/3rds.

I have quality routers but am not sure how to place the groove in the end of the table top. I can groove the breadboard on my router table.

I’m a 81 years young ‘Kraut’ and need guidance. I’m inclined the follow my previous practice of gluing the entire width of the table top.

All ideas readily accepted and greatly appreciated.

his is my first post. I got you site from the Wood Whisperer.

Thank you, gkrug (Gerhardt) Semper Fi

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#1 posted 01-28-2016 03:38 PM

Slot cutter bit.

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#2 posted 01-28-2016 04:07 PM

It is very common to use tongue and groove for breadboard ends.

The tongue (often, several tongues) are cut on the end of the table top, and the groove is cut on the breadboard end.

So, there is no need to “place the groove in the end of the table top”. That’s where the tongue(s) are cut.

Of course, there can be a bit more to it (e.g., plugs), but its probably best if you look up a magazine article for all the details (like this one: Fine Woodworking #110, pp. 78 February 1 1995).

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 04:26 PM

Here is what I do…
I only glue the center 4-5” of the breadboard tenons. Pegs or slotted screws secure the rest.
If you plane a slight spring joint on the breadboard end, it will prevent gaps from appearing later.

Alternately you could use a Domino jointer. Don’t glue the entire breadboard, as it is asking for cracking, warping and eventual failure.

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