The breadboard ends are essentially rails that are mortised to accept tenons on the ends of the panel. They serve the same basic purpose as cleats screwed to the inside face of solid wood panels on rustic furniture except that breadboard end joints are a lot more elegant and forgiving of wood movement.
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Fine woodworking breadboard ends. A trick to ensure your breadboard end is flush when driving screws is to use a handscrew clamp to line up the end and the main board. As usual rogowski adds a spring joint to the breadboard end glues the middle of the workpiece and makes sure clamping pressure is straight across the joint. The reason i am interested in this is to see if the breadboard ends are capturing the wood and providing enough resistance to movement to overcome the natural forces.
You most often see a breadboard end on tabletops blanket box lids drop leaves and small doors. Sign up for eletters today and get the latest techniques and how to from fine woodworking plus special offers. Wedged through mortise and tenon sprung breadboard end 239 duration.
The purpose is to support and maintain the rigidity of the panel while allowing the panel to shrink or expand across the grain. 2006 of fine woodworking mag. For more ways to attach breadboard ends read the full article.
One hole goes in the center and one at each end about 2 to 4 inches in from the edge. The screw holes are plugged after the screws are in place screws have the advantage of keeping the joint between the boards tight while the use of slotted holes allow for expansion and contraction. King s fine woodworking 446 534 views.
The expansion contraction across the middle of the table would show a width change while the ends do not change significantly. It was more than a few years back that i made a sewing table for my sweetie and wanting to test my fledgling woodworking skills decided to use breadboard ends across the tabletop. Plus browse through past episodes of fast fix.
With the breadboard attached to the panel pulled all the way in and tight against the shoulders of the tongue drill 3 holes down through the breadboard 3 8 is fine i ve even used 1 4. Hand tools vs power tools. For more information on cutting and fitting breadboard ends be sure to see our complete listing of resources on this joinery technique.
Breadboard ends are narrow pieces that are mechanically joined to the ends of a larger panel. While they turned out fine i nearly pulled out my hair doing them.