Friday, November 9, 2012

Bread Board End Part 2

     First of all, it was pointed out that I really gave some inaccurate information on the first bread board end post regarding the peg and the holes.  I wasn't clear enough in stating that the experimental part was to see how the top would look having a breadboard end of 1 1/4" thickness while the main table top is only 3/4" in thickness.  The plan is to laminate a piece to the underside of the top at the edges only to make it appear to be thicker.  Here's the final result of the experiment.  I like it but will probably use more of a taper and Ebony for the pegs.

Experimental Top
     If you read the comment on the previous post it was pointed out how this really isn't a bread board end nor will it function as one.  A true bread board end would have a dowel at the center and also one at both ends.  The center hole would not be elongated since this is where the bread board is anchored.  The holes at the ends would be elongated to allow the table top to expand/contract within the bread board depending on the seasons.  Hope that clarifies things.  The purpose of this was to see how the bottom taper would work and that came out alright.
     The first step was to lay it out.  This was a matter of extending the lines and drawing a 45 degree line at the corners.

Lay Out, Notice How the Edge is Built Up
      As always, the first cuts are across the grain, this was done with a block plane.

Beginning of Taper

     The way to gauge your progress is to watch what happens at the corners.  You should see your angled cut go from the inside to the outer corner.  I've tried to illustrate that here with the chalk.

Tapers Aligning at Corners
     It seems to me that this will work on the full size table.  I'm thinking that Ebony will be a better choice for the peg, more contrast and decorative value in my opinion.  The response to my previous blog suggested draw boring the center peg to counter eventual shrinking of the breadboard end across the width and that's a point well taken.
     Again, sorry about the confusion on the previous post regarding the bread board design.  Once the table project gets under way I'll clarify that again.

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