|Forum topic by Will_Wood||posted 03-18-2014 03:53 PM||1821 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-18-2014 03:53 PM
Fellow Lumberjocks -
First, thanks for all the great advice I’ve received and project inspiration I’ve gathered from hanging out on this site. I’m a little behind in posting some of my own projects, and I’ll try to remedy that soon.
I’m building a hard maple table top for a fly fishing utility table. It will be approximately 1” thick, 36”x44”. I’m contemplating breadboard ends as a design element and to help keep the tabletop flat. I don’t expect a lot of direct weight (such as elbows) to be frequently applied to the breadboard ends. I’m considering the following design and wanted to request your feedback on the idea, esp potential pitfalls I haven’t considered.
Breadboard ends with a single through tenon and sliding dovetails.
The table top will be a glue up of an odd number of boards. I would like to attach the center tabletop board to the breadboard ends using a through mortise and tenon and use sliding dovetails to connect the other tabletop boards to the breadboard ends. I believe this will firmly locate the breadboard ends, while allowing the remaining tabletop boards to expand/contract along the ends
I believe I could accomplish this through the following process:
Design a tabletop glue up from an odd number of boards.
Am I missing anything? I know there are lots of other considerations related to each type of joint, but is there anything problematic about this combo?
Thanks for your feedback!