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Posted on Breadboard Ends on Farmhouse Table (What type of joinery?)

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#1 posted 01-22-2019 01:47 PM

Well… I built some plans by the Wood Whisperer that had breadboard ends, and it did not go so well. See here:


It looks even worse now that we’re in the winter season.

Some contributing factors:
1. I didn’t cut haunched tenons. I’m also a beginner/intermediate and I just didn’t have a way to cut them. So, I ran the breadboards straight through the table saw to make one solid “mortise” (more like a deep dado), and I cut the tenon on the tabletop with a circular saw, chisel, and power hand planer. It fit… but it did not seal well at all.

2. I used pressure treated pine. I skipped the big box store and went to my local lumber yard thinking it would be better quality. The stuff was supposedly kiln dried after treating, but it was sopping wet. I let it sit on my lumber rack for a year, and some boards were still heavier than the others when I assembled it. So, uneven moisture content made it warp, but regardless, it’s amazing watching this thing move from day to day with changing weather conditions. My glue joints failed and there are roughly 1/4” gaps between the boards when it’s really dry, and everything swells up and closes again when it rains. The whole top has a big bow in it, and my breadboard ends are completely failed (cracked and split) at this point.

So… if it’s designed perfectly correctly, maybe it would work. But I would strongly advise you to consider something else so you don’t find yourself needing to completely remake the top like I did.

I see Matt Cremona has a farmhouse table where he made breadboard ends, but he did the haunched tenons, his craftsmanship was orders of magnitude better than mine, and he sealed everything up with an outdoor epoxy finish (expensive). If you do all of this, I suppose it can work. But, I lack the skills to do it.

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