|Forum topic by mbs||posted 470 days ago||1390 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
470 days ago
I’m making breadboard ends on tables but the end of the table isn’t straight. Let’s say the ends have a very lazy M shape for discussion purposes. How would you get a perfect fit between the breadboard end and the table? I believe the proper tool for this is a pin router (or CNC) but I don’t have either one. The options I’ve considered are:
1) Brute force – make the table end using a bandsaw and spindle sander. Use it as a pattern to scribe a line on the breadboard end, bandsaw close to the line, spindle sander … Issues – really need to be perfect when spindle sanding. I need 6 of these so it wouldn’t be very efficient doing them one by one.
2) Cheat – Make the breadboard end 3/8” thicker than the table. Treat the end of the table like a tendon and the breadboard end like a mortise by making a large motise in the breadboard end. Cut the design in the breadboard end only. Issues – I started doing this and I’m concerned about the strength of the breadboard ends. The 3/16” overlap seems a bit flimsy to me. Not sure it would pass the test of time with Grand kids.
3) Make the positive and negative simultaneously. Use a scroll saw to carefully cut the pattern in 1/4” wood. Then mount the positive to the table and the negative to the breadboard end. Cut near the pattern with the bandsaw then clean it up with a router and trim bit. Issues – need to be good with the scroll saw.
Option # 3 looks the best to me right now. With your vast experience, what’s the best way to get a perfect fit?
-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.