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Shaker Counter Breadboard Ends

I cannot remember the last time I built a table or larger counter where I didn’t use breadboard ends to help stabilize the top to lessen warp, and to hide end grain which dyes or stains darker.

Of course, these ends can be added to a top in several different methods. I’ve seen ends nailed in place – it’s my opinion that these were simply to hide end grain because there is little in place to keep a top flat. I have seen other breadboards also nailed in place that use tongue-and-groove joinery which is a step better to reduce warp possibilities, but still lacks in good holding power. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some woodworkers attach ends using a sliding dovetail joint – all hail the woodworker that has too much time on his hands.

The method I prefer employs both a tongue-and-groove design to keep the top flat, and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The best of both worlds. This design, however, requires more work. A wide tongue, which is made at each end of a table top, is shaped to form the tenons. A matching breadboard end is then fit in place.

To form the tongue, I use a router and a straightedge guide. To create the tenon effect, I outfit my router with the proper bushing and router bit then complete the work as shown in the video below.

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Glen D. Huey


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