Silicone on breadboard ends?

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Forum topic by mbs posted 03-30-2013 11:28 AM 989 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2013 11:28 AM

I’m making curved breadboard ends on an end table. The breadboard end will “slip” over the end of the table like an end cap. I’ll have about a half inch engagement.

Normally I would use titebond glue only in the center of the end so the table top can expand and contract as it wishes towards the edges. I’d drill a slotted hole and run a screw into the end. Titebond doesn’t have much holding strength from end grain to end grain.

I woke up thinking – why not use a dab of silicone in the center of the breadboard and towards the edges. Not enough that it would squeeze out but just enough to get a good bond. The silicone would stretch with the wood and provide a strong joint, wouldn’t it?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 06:18 PM

not a good idea, silicone and wood just dont mix,

size the end grain, meaning apply a coat of glue, work it in well let it dry light scuff sand then glue again.

But I do have to ask, why would you glue a bread board, doesnt that defeat the purpose, either pegs in slotted holes or screws also in slotted holes is the way to go.I never glue a bread board.

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 11:11 PM

Thanks for replying, Charles.

I’m not an expert but the breadboard ends I’ve seen have glue in the center. I thought it was mainly to secure the wood at a point so it wouldn’t move since the screws aren’t tightened too much.

You mentioned that silicone and wood don’t mix. Are you referring to the problems that silicone gives during the finishing process? If not, what are you referring to since it’s used on wood window sashes?

This might be a silly question but I just thought of it. I could research it myself but you probably know the answer. There is the element silicon (SI) and the caulking silicone. Which one, or both, presents problems with finishing?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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