|Forum topic by vrice||posted 747 days ago||3014 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
747 days ago
I’m in the process of designing a kitchen table/island/ that has a hard maple butcher block top. My design at this point is this:
I REALLY want a contrasting wood border on the top. After designing this in I came to the realization (a little research here on LJ) that just gluing this onto the butcher block won’t work due to wood movement. Researching this further I discovered the breadboard concept. However, all the examples of this I saw involved border-less tops with the breadboard on the ends of the table. Again, I wanted a border all around the perimeter of the top. The other noticeable aspect of these breadboard setups was the tenons were always on the table top with mortises in the end pieces. Since I’m working on a border here I didn’t want to have to make the border the width it would take to accommodate a mortise, say 1.25”. I wanted the border to be only .75”. So I came up with this design:
The mortise is in the top and the tenon is on the end piece. The tenons have elongated holes at the ends that will accommodate a .25” of wood movement. In addition the tenon holes are offset 1/32” to make a draw bore joint. In addition I designed a dowel connection (no glue in one of the mating ends of the dowels) to both “connect” the ends of the end piece to the other trim but still allow for movement in the whole thing.
-- Vic Rice