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Forum topic by Dchip posted 02-06-2012 04:37 PM 3955 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2012 04:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question breadboard end wood movement

Breadboard ends done correctly will allow for panel movement, and this will inevitably lead to “uneven” ends at different seasons and humidity levels. Do people just accept this as unavoidable? So far, the only technique I’ve come across is to accentuate it in a sort of Greene & Greene style by exaggerating the bread board ends and plugging the tongue with ebony. Any other ideas? All input appreciated.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 12:32 AM

There’s no need to plug the tongue with ebony IF you imbed the tongue within the breadboard like this example:http:

Also, keep in mind that if you use quartersawn material for your top, the movement will be minimized.

Here’s an example of how I did it on my dining table.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 12:39 AM

If building solid wood tops the only real alternative is to
make your top frame and panel.

You can also make the breadboard end in 3 pieces,
fixed at the outside ends, with the inside ends of
the two outer segments running into a 3rd, central
decorative segment.

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 06:31 PM

Thanks guys.

tbone – very nice table. gotta brush up on my stopped dadoes.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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