Correa Wood Works
Craftsman furniture featuring full integral mortise and tenon joinery. 100% solar powered!

Hall Table & Bench Breadboard Ends

The past few weeks, I have been working on various projects and allowing the tops to stabilize after flattening. with the tops now milled to their final thickness, cut to length and width, I worked to create the breadboard ends.

The first step is creating the shoulder cut for the tenon. After cutting the shoulder, I remove the cheeks with a dado stack to yield a tenon with thickness of .500″

You can see the completed tenon vs the top with shoulder cuts.

With the tenon thickness milled on the ends of the tops, I move on to the breadboards them selves. The mortiser is my tool of choice for this process.

You can see my method of spacing the mortises to allow the chisel to travel as straight as possible before cleaning out the remaining material. In the next picture you will see how I mill two deep mortises and a shallow groove to create a strong breadboard end and prevent the piece from cupping over time.

with all the ends mortised, I need to trim the tenon to fit the profile of the tenon.
The last step is to fit the pieces together.

There you have it… a breadboard end applied to the top. After I add the splines and round over all the edges, the hall table and bench will finally be ready for some finish. These pieces have some fantastic wide mesquite and there is not a single glue joint in any of this furniture. It took a ton of extra work to develop ways of handling large slabs and stabilizing the voids in the mesquite. The results should speak for themselves.



One Response to “Hall Table & Bench Breadboard Ends”

  1. Can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

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