Breadboard ends not quite flush ???

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Forum topic by Ollie posted 08-02-2011 05:05 PM 1885 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2011 05:05 PM

I am building an oak table top at the moment.
The top is 32mm thick oak with mahogany inlay, the glue up of the top has gone fine.
However I applied the breadboard ends with draw boring technique leaving room for expansion at each end of the end piece .
One end is ok but the other end has a 1 to 2mm gap at each side running about 25 to 30mm in from each end.
I think I did not leave enough material on the tennon holes to pull the ends tight enough.
Now it is glued (in the centre, and a bit on the outside edge of the pegs) so cannot be removed, the gap closes when I put a clamp on it.

The question is what to do now ???
I could clamp it and put an extra peg in, but then it wont be able to move sede to side with fluctuations in humidity.

Could I get away with just gluing and clamping it, the top is 920mm wide. ??

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 07:22 PM

Take it off and re-do it. Sounds like you used a bowed end.

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 10:50 PM

I was afraid of that very answer , but hoping for another.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 11:00 PM

I was trying to come up with a gentle way to say it when Loren posted. I did the exact same thing on a chest once. I didn’t fix it. It bothered me until I gave it to my sister. Now I’m thinking about it again. It’s probably worth fixing. You’ve got a lot in this project on the veneer, I suspect. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 10:58 PM

This topic came up for me too. Most of the traditional methods for attaching breadboards don’t work as repairs for one that is already attached.
One idea that came to mind was using a Kreg pocket hole jig to drill a hole from the underside of the table. You could then use a drill or Dremel to elongate the screw hole. Finally just screw it snug. It may even be stronger, because the threads would be in the long grain of the breadboard end (instead of endgrain of the table). I would clamp it tight before driving the screw, to avoid stripping the threads.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 05:38 AM

If you can find the book The Workshops of David T. Smith you will find a solution, that works, for attaching breadboard ends to tables.

It’s a book worth having with many designs of traditional furniture plans and joinery applications. I bought our 13 year old daughter one off Ebay for $2.50 searching under furniture books.

David may still have the book listed on his web site.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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