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Practice a centuries-old technique on this small contemporary piece.

Found on everything from refined 18th-century highboys to muscled Arts & Crafts tables, breadboard ends are a handsome and time-tested way to prevent wooden panels from warping over time. Correctly made, breadboard ends not only keep panels flat, but also allow them to expand and contract with seasonal (or other) changes in humidity.

Key to successful breadboard ends are the pins that join the tongue of the panel to the groove on the end piece. For this application, the center pin is fixed in both the panel and end, but the outer pins are installed in elongated holes that allow the panel to move freely with shifts in humidity. But other breadboard ends, such as those found on a drop-front desk, for example, feature fixed pins on one end to force expansion and contraction to happen on the unhinged edge.

Cutting Board with Breadboard Ends Cut List

No.ItemDimensions (inches)Material

t w l

❏ 1 Center panel 2 x 12 x 16 Hickory

❏2 Breadboard ends 2 x 2 x 12 Walnut

❏ 6 Pins 1⁄4 dia. 1 1⁄4 Hardwood dowel

Profile

Plan

This small cutting board is a great project on which to get started with breadboard ends, and it features a modern look with its use of contrasting woods.  PWM

1) Rough cut the stock. Begin by cutting lengths of 8/4 (2″ thick) hickory stock to a length of 18″. Cut enough pieces to create a cutting board 12″ wide when glued up edge to edge.

2) Glue up the panel. Spread a thin layer of glue (Titebond III or another waterproof glue is best) onto all mating edges and clamp them together to create a single panel at full width. Try to get at least one side flush to create a flat surface.

3) Thickness the stock. Run the panel through your thickness planer, flattest side down, until the top is flat. Then flip the board over and flatten the other side as well….

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