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Forum topic by MNclone posted 09-16-2016 01:47 AM 676 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2016 01:47 AM

I’m making a farmhouse table and the top will be 2” thick reclaimed oak.
I’m planning on making breadboard ends.
I’m jointing the edges with hand planes but am not sure how I should attach them to each other.
Is edge gluing good enough?
What about a spline?
Any suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 09-16-2016 02:10 AM

I don’t think using biscuits or splines will add to the strength of the joints and that glue alone will be sufficient. Either one will help with alignment, but I prefer to use cauls to keep the boards aligned. Good luck with your project.

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#2 posted 09-16-2016 02:16 AM

No matter what I made, I just edge glue with TiteBondII and never had a problem.
I have used Splines on 45* joints for 2 reasons, a bit of added strength, but mostly for a decritive accent.

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#3 posted 09-16-2016 02:22 AM

Sounds good. Thanks

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#4 posted 09-16-2016 02:28 AM

Edge glued wood will generally yield a bond stronger than the wood itself.

Biscuits would just be for alignment.

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#5 posted 09-16-2016 03:39 AM

+1 Fridge

Make the breadboards longer than needed.
The tabletop will move, so if you make the breadboard perfectly flush, part of the year it will be too long or short and part of the year OK or too long

Greene and greene add also the ebony accent – but make the breadboard a design element, otherwise it will move and the customer will say what is wrong with your craftsmanship.

P.S do not glue the end all the way across – - just 10 inches in the middle.

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