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What are breadboards?

A breadboard end is a narrow piece that is joined to the end of the table top.The purpose is to support and maintain the rigidity of the table top, while allowing the table top to shrink or expand across the grain.

 

Baals Table for Breadboard Example Diagram-01

Breadboards are not always flush with the sides of the table. Since wood moves across the grain seasonally (in warm weather the panel expands, in cold weather it shrinks) and not along the grain, a breadboard end will either fall short of the panel edge or will extend past it, depending on the season. Adapted from Fine Wood Working, “All About Breadboard Ends”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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