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03-22-2012 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple arts and crafts breadboard

Pardon my ignorance – I’m new at furniture making -, but I’ve got a question about breadboard ends. I’m doing a dining room table (I’m basing it off of the “Stickley done Lightly” plans). I’d like to put some nice wide breadboard ends on it. I’m sure there is something out there, but I haven’t been able to find anything that tells how to do it. I’ve seen articles with various details or tips, but can’t find any basic “how-to” instructions. Would someone be so kind as to explain the basics or point me to an article that does?


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#1 posted 03-22-2012 06:27 PM

I have only used breadboard ends on breadboards and cutting boards, but I have used dowels and also splines. The splines were made from a different wood for contrast. I would use a router with a straight bit and cut a slot into the table and end board and make a spline to fit. Just glue it together and it is done. Someone else on LJ with more experience in furniture making may know of a better way.

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 06:58 PM
will probably get you started.

I think the thing you want to remember about breadboard ends is that you are attaching long grain to end grain. That means you have wood movement of the breadboard end relative to the rest of the top, and you have to attach the breadboard in such a way that you won’t cause problems when the width of the table changes more (or less) than the length of the breadboard end. That’s why you use dowels, and the hole for the dowel in the middle is bigger than the dowel—so the breadboard can move. Usually, you glue the center and dowel towards the edge. The referenced article shows a tenon on the table top and a groove on the breadboard. The hole would go through the breadboard, through the tenon, and through the other side of the breadboard. The hole in the breadboard has to be a slot. The slot width is the width of the dowel – so the breadboard can’t separate from the tabletop. The length of the slot is more that the width of the dowel so the top can slide relative to the breadboard end.

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 12:41 PM

Thanks for the replies. That article was helpful. Just wondering, if I have a 1 1/2” tabletop, how thick should the tenon be? Maybe take 3/8” off each side for a 7/8” tenon?

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