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post #1 of 5 Old 08-22-2016, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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I知 planning a farmhouse table build and have been doing some research. I知 planning to do breadboard ends and have never done a build like this before. I知 planning to use construction grade lumber2x6痴 for the tabletop.

I found one video in which he pocket holes the breadboard end to the table, but I致e read that that痴 asking for trouble as it doesn稚 allow for expansion and contraction and the table top will crack.

Is that accurate?

I found this explanation from wood magazine for how to do the breadboard ends via mortise and tenon. My concern is how to make sure I get the mortise and tenon to line up just right because I would think if they don稚 line up right the breadboard will not be flush with the tabletop?

Please let me know if this is the right approach for this project or if there is an easier way to do this? I知 experienced but far from an expert woodworker.


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Traditional breadboard ends...

Breadboard ends will always be flush/short/long because of the seasonal expansion/contraction of the table top. It's the nature of the beast.

If you want a top that wont move, use a veneer plywood.

OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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The surface should be flush,...

The top surface should be flush, but the ends may or may not be because of the expansion across the width. The tenon will center in the mortise so to insure a flush surface you will need to test fit as you go.

If the BB end is above the top surface then plane it down. If the BB end sits below the top surface, you will need to add more material to the bottom of the tenon or relieve the mortise. Test.. test ... test. The ends of the BB should be flush at the time of the build, but may not stay that way through changes in humidity.
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A BB end can also be accomplished by using a sliding dovetail, but it would be a bit more fragile, all else being equal.

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Definitely asking for trouble mounting the breadboard end with pocket holes. Personally I think pocket holes have no place in furniture other than maybe mounting a table skirt. And then that would be better done with table top clips.

You make the mortise and tenon flush by using scrap wood to set up your equipment before committing it to your table top.
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