Attaching breadboard ends to a table top with biscuits

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Forum topic by jayman7 posted 07-15-2009 09:22 PM 4007 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2009 09:22 PM

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I have a 16” x 16” cherry tabletop (three ~5” wide boards) that I’m worried about cupping later on, so I want to try attaching breadboards on the end grain sides to minimize cupping. Are biscuits strong enough for the job? Thx.

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 09:30 PM

biscuits are good for alignment issues, not for strength, and definitely not lengthwise. you are better off routing a rabbet on each side (top and bottom) and fitting it into a long mortise in the breadboard., this way the breadboard and it’s cross grain is what exerts the force on the cherry top and helps the cupping and not some biscuits.

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#2 posted 07-15-2009 09:36 PM

I agree with purplev do it like He does and don’t be tempted to glue the tenon or mortice all the way just a little at each end and a dab in the middle will suffice with a few screws with elongated holes and a few dowel plugs to cover the screw holes Alistair

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 11:07 PM

Because wood expands and contracts, the breadboard ends should only be secured in only one spot, thus allowing free expansion of the table top. There are a number of different methods of holding it in place to allow movement of the table top. Bob L

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 12:19 AM

I too, agree with PurpLev. I’ve never had much luck with biscuits holding anything together—-except maybe gravy.


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#5 posted 07-16-2009 01:52 AM

Breadboard end dito

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