Dining table build - breadboard questions
I'm working on a solid walnut farmhouse style dining table. I've got my breadboard ends mortised and the main boards tenoned, if that makes sense, and have been dry fitting this before final trim of the breadboard ends and glue up of the top. The tenons are 2" and the mortises are about 2 1/4" deep and about a 1/2" wider on each end than the total length of the tenon.
This is my first breadboard setup on a table top, so for those with more experience with this, I have 2 questions...
1. Do my allowances for wood movement sound sufficient? I'll be pinning this with glue in the center and pinning with elongated holes in the tenon once or twice on each side of center.
2. The breadboard goes on the tenon now, but with the help of a mallet. I't's pretty tight. Should this slide on easier? I could sand the tenon down a bit more to get it on easier. I am just concerned about it being too tight to allow easy wood movement in the breadboard, but maybe I don't need to be concerned about that...?
Your advice is always appreciated!