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Forum topic by myxology posted 02-15-2018 03:50 PM 360 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2018 03:50 PM

So I have this very well aged Mangaris (I understand it’s very much like ipe.) and I plan to use it as a table top for my own home. I’m thinking of doing a farmhouse style; dark top, white painted base (out of pine or just construction grade stuff). This wood has spent nearly 20 years outdoors. It’s weathered on the outside but I’m planning on working it down so it looks new. It’s truly amazing how very dense this stuff is and how the weather has not made it’s way deep inside at all. Anyways, my real question here is, do I really need to make breadboard ends? Esthetically, it would be nice, but I also like the look without. I’m not expecting a ton of movement as I live in Sacramento and it’s pretty temperate here re: humidity and this stuff is so dense.

If I did have to go with breadboards or just want to, then I have another question. Most of the breadboards I’ve seen online are done with material that’s 1 1/2” thick. My material is probably going to be 3/4” when I’m finished milling it. This may sound like a silly question, but would I just go ahead and use 1/4” mortise and tenons for the joinery? It just sounds thin to me. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 04:35 PM

No you dont need bb ends. Some like the aesthetic and some hate endgrain. Using a proper spring joint when glueing the panel removes concerns of butt joints splitting in the future. If you decide to go with endgrain, burnish the surface with polished metal, AL, steel, whatever, before staining/finishing. It collapses the pores and zlimits absorption. Test the wood for blotching before you start finishing. Test your entire finish schedule before starting the finish.

You can make the top larger, cut all 4 sides to size, then flip the cutoffs and attach to the bottom to give the appearance of a thicker top. 3/4” is fine for actual thickness.

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 05:09 PM

do I really need to make breadboard ends?

No, you do not. You do however need to allow for wood movement across the width of the top. It is all in how you plan to attach it to the base. There several ways to do this depending on the kind of base you’re planning. They are very easy to accomplish.

but would I just go ahead and use 1/4” mortise and tenons for the joinery? It just sounds thin to me. Thoughts?

1/4” tenons are fine. If you are worried about that make them 5/16”.

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