Breadboard Ends Hold Panels Flat
Four ways to make this fundamental joint
Synopsis: Garrett Hack says breadboard ends are an elegantly practical way to keep desktops, tabletops, chest lids, and other panels flat. Here, he explains quick, simple breadboarding and various ways to attach them – splines, tongue and grooves, and dovetails. And he talks about how the best breadboards have separate tenons with a stub tongue. He explains how to make all these joints in detail, and photos illustrate the steps clearly.
Sooner or later every woodworker has to come to terms with breadboard ends. You can reject them as nonessential elements, or you can reject them just because they take time and effort to make and attach. But if you want an elegantly practical way to keep desktops, tabletops, chest lids and other panels flat, adding breadboard ends is the way to go.
But what are breadboard ends (sometimes, they are called just breadboards) anyway? Basically, a breadboard is just a…