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Breadboard ends, am I doing it right?

by redmosquito1
posted 01-30-2017 02:54 PM

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 06:43 PM

Tenon rule of thumb is 1/3 the thickness. You’re right on the money.

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#2 posted 01-30-2017 07:16 PM

For me the construction details depend on the size of the top. For instance on large heavy dining tables, I use thick divided tenons that are 2” long. On smaller projects I use 3/8” thick tenons 1-1/4” or so in length. Using thicker stock for the breadboard end gives an interesting look, but may not work for a toy box top.

Here is a blog about it if you are interested…

Good luck on the project.

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#3 posted 02-05-2017 04:11 PM

I’d add that if you like the breadboard look, then there is no reason that the breadboard end actually can’t be flush on one side.

So for a toy box lid where you might want the bottom to be flush so it sits on the box evenly, then just reduce the thickness of the breadboard so the bottom is flush with the rest of the top. For items where you generally are looking down at the top, it basically won’t be noticeable at all when you are standing close to the piece. From further away, the little bit the breadboard protrudes from the side of the top will effectively hide it.

G&G style example from the WW site


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