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Forum topic by TheChucker posted 08-16-2010 04:25 PM 1978 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2010 04:25 PM

I need to add breadboard ends to the table top for a table I’m constructing. I understand that the breadboard ends are only glued in one spot to allow for seasonal movement of the top. Typically, these are glued at the center of the breadboard and pinned on each end with elongated holes. However, with this table being up against a wall, I want to confine all the movement of the top to the back end, or that end which is against the wall.

Can I glue one end of the table top breadboard and pin the center and the other end to restrict the mvoement to the back? The top itself if about 44” x 19”.

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 04:42 PM

I can’t think of any reason why that wouldn’t work just fine. The pegged hole farthest from the glued end would need to be elongated more than the hole in the middle, but that’s no problem. Maybe I am missing something that someone else will catch, but I’d do it.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 04:46 PM

If the 19” is the width of the glued up boards, then I think you should be able to do that. However, keep in mind that some woods—and cuts of woods—move more than others, so I guess the definitive answer would depend on the species you are intending to use.

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 04:50 PM

19” is the width of the whole top. It’s three glued up boards in total at about 6.5” each and it’s made out of Cherry.

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 04:25 PM

This should be a workable solution with dry cherry at the start. I have always followed the old fart’s rule that you always put the same finish on the bottom of a piece as the top, and the movement is limited even more !

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 04:30 PM

This would work fine from everything that I’ve read, but I’m curious why you wouldn’t want the flush edge to be the displayed edge? If it expands a couple sixteenths or contracts, the edge by the wall would never show it to the casual passerby, but if the displayed edge is the one doing all the movement, you’d see it…

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 08:15 PM

There is no reason that you can’t do this. Just remember that if someday you want change the arrangement of this table and the backside becomes the frontside, the movement will be double what it would be if you had glued it in the center.

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