Breadboard ends questions....Anyone got answers?

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Forum topic by Brad_Nailor posted 06-06-2011 01:33 AM 1469 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 01:33 AM

hey everyone..
I am making a cutting board to replace an under the counter style pull out board 3/4” thick 24×13 5/8. My plan was to make it out of maple, purpleheart, and walnut side grain strips laminated together with tight-bond 3. I was going to attach breadboard style ends made from purpleheart. I have never done breadboard ends before and I was wondering if anyone had any advice. I was going to make the groove in the board 1/4” centered 1/2” deep, and a matching tongue on the purpleheart end. Since the board is seriously laminated (over 15 glue joints) I am not really worried about things should I glue it together? it with dowels?..I am leaning twords gluing it all and pinning it with dowels just for the aesthetics. Also do you stop the grove so you don’t see the joint from the edge? Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?


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#2 posted 06-06-2011 02:42 AM

Yes, you do need to provide for movement. The number of glue joints does not reduce the tendency for movement.

My first recommendation would be to not put ends on this.

If you want end pieces you really need to do a traditional breadboard approach with dowels and with a regular hole in the middle and an elongated hole at each end.

Be advised that purpleheart fades over time to a rather dull brown. You can slow it down but you cannot stop it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 12:58 PM

I have the same thought as Rich, the breadboard ends always seem to seperate, but it is going to look nice.

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 05:34 PM

I’m doing this same thing right now. I’m building two under-counter cutting boards to replace the ones in my parents kitchen. I’ll be watching to see some of the answers. By the way, yours look great with that Purpleheart. I used Maple and Walnut on mine.

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