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06-20-2014 10:48 PM

Afternoon all. When building a table top, am I correct in assuming that if it’s a 1 piece top, then the boards run parallel with the sides c/w bread boards.? And if it has extensions for adding leaves then the boards run parallel to the ends? Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 12:54 AM

Yes, usually the boards are oriented so they run the long dimension of the table. But there’s no reason not to have them running in the short dimension – you just need to factor in significant wood movement in the long direction.

And breadboard ends are optional. They serve two purposes – hide end grain and help in keeping a top flat. Obviously, hiding end grain is purely an aesthetic decision and even if a top needs help in staying flat, there are other ways to accomplish that.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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