breadboard ends for table top

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Forum topic by trsnider posted 07-29-2018 04:09 PM 535 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2018 04:09 PM

I posted issues with my router slipping in it’s base in the tool forum. I’ve lost all confidence in it and I’m afraid of ruining another set of bread board ends and slots in the top due to slippage.

The top is (dry) black walnut 12” wide. Are properly tenoned breadboard ends necessary for this wide of a top? I know that contraction/expansion will still take place. Instead of tenons could I use biscuits on this narrow of a top to replace the tenons? Other posts have said no to this for wider tops. Is there another alternative? I don’t think dowels would be a good solution either.
Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 07:37 PM

I’m not sure what you mean by “properly tenoned”. You don’t need to have a bb end at all. You can sand the end grain smooth and finish it. If you are going to make one I think that you should have a full width tenon; if that is what you mean. You can then glue only the 3”-4” or so center portion. There won’t be much movement over the 12” width.

If you have no confidence in your router, you can cut the M&T on the table saw. That would likely be my first choice for something that small anyway.

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