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MashMaster

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11-02-2016 07:57 PM

I am getting closer to gluing up the kitchen table that I am making progress on it. I want to make the breadboard ends but am trying to think of the right method for them.

I’m interested in your thoughts.

Options:
• Tongue and groove the full length (a ¾” tongue into a groove along the breadboard end. Tack center with peg tight, loose on the sides with pegs and their holes elongated.)
• Tongue and groove with mortises (a 1/4” tongue into a groove along the breadboard end. Put in five ¾” tenons evenly spread across the width. Tack center tenon, loose on the sides with pegs as the above option.)
• Sliding dovetail the full length. (This would seem to be the strongest but cutting the dovetail on the end of the table might be difficult to cut.)
• Loose tenons, put in loose tenons instead of cutting tenons into the table. Tack the center.
• Loose tenons with dowels, put in loose dowels instead of cutting tenons into the table. Tack the center. (This is probably easiest.)

Anything I am missing? What do you think?

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX


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Mikenln

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#1 posted 11-02-2016 09:13 PM

I would go for “Tongue and groove the full length (a ¾” tongue into a groove along the breadboard end. Tack and glue center with peg tight, loose on the sides with holes elongated parallel to end.)”.
I might try a sliding dovetail on a utility table for practice but not where the result was important to me.

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pottz

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#2 posted 11-02-2016 10:57 PM

id go with option one as well,i used this method on a top for a greene and greene wall table and it worked fine.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 11-02-2016 11:11 PM

Your miter gauge or whatever you used to cut the boards to length is not set accurately and it shows. You need to trim the ends now with a track saw/hand plane/sander,

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MashMaster

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#4 posted 11-02-2016 11:18 PM


Your miter gauge or whatever you used to cut the boards to length is not set accurately and it shows. You need to trim the ends now with a track saw/hand plane/sander,

- Carloz

Yeah those were rough cut. I will clean up the cuts when joining them at glue up for the boards that are parqued with two boards to make a full length plank. Then after glue up, i will trim the edge since they will most likely shift some during glue up.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 11-02-2016 11:31 PM

I use a router and jig to mill the tenon on the tabletop, then cut a deep stopped groove in the breadboard end.
Here is how I go about it… http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/31777

Make the tenons nice and long for a strong joint.

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#6 posted 11-03-2016 01:34 AM

What Willie said.

I remember reading here about a table with a breadboard end that failed. Turns out an exceptionally heavy man always sat at the end and bore his full weight on the breadboard every time he stood up.

Long tenons.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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MashMaster

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#7 posted 11-03-2016 02:17 AM

Thanks for all the input, I appreciate it. I wonder if I do loose tenons, I can make the pretty darn long. That might be the strongest option.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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rwe2156

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#8 posted 11-03-2016 02:16 PM


Options:
• Tongue and groove with mortises (a 1/4” tongue into a groove along the breadboard end. Put in five ¾” tenons evenly spread across the width. Tack center tenon, loose on the sides with pegs as the above option.)
- MashMaster
I think this is the best option but I would increase the groove depth to 3/8 and make the tenon depth 1 1/4”. I would make the groove 3/8” wide.

Loose tenons would also work.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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