Bread Board Ends

 The bread board ends on our handmade farm tables and other custom dining tables  are done the old way, with precision joinery...by hand.

They actually serve a purpose, in that the help to hold the table top flat, and to allow the table top to expand and contract with the weather. ( heat & cold, dry and seasonal dampness) No glue on the tenons allow the table to slide back and forth Inside the Tiger Maple bread board ends.

  They also add an attractive element with the beautiful Curly Maple. The tenons are  part of the top, not just screws driven in the edge, and covered over with putty to make it look like the real thing. The pictures below show how exacting and time consuming the process is.

Bread Board ends

This is what we call a Carpenter's stick end, slapped on with screws

Quick and easy never compares to the quality you get when it is done right

Common, Carpenter's "stick end"

TRUE Bread Board ENDS

Tiger maple

Tiger maple

All the tools..

All the tools..

Hand tools play a big role in creating our furniture

True Mortis & Tenon

True Mortis & Tenon

We use true mortise and tenon joinery on our bread board ends. These are fully functional, and serve to keep the table top flat, and add beauty with the Curly Maple.

Handmade thickness gauge

Handmade thickness gauge

Jim often has to create new tools. This gauge measures the thickness of each tenon.

Hand plane work

Hand plane work

Lots of hand planning on the bread board end itself.

Mortise & Tenon joinery

Mortise & Tenon joinery

Here is a shot of the tenons, mortise,, pegs, & wedges. This the real deal...not faked

Finished mortise

Finished mortise

The mortises on the bread board ends are done.

custom Farm Tables by NEJ

custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Mortise & Tenons

Mortise & Tenons

Nice look at the whole bread board end, both tenons and mortise..This is a lot of handwork!

Split wedge

Split wedge

The square peg here, passes down through the bread board and tenon, out the bottom, the peg has been split and two wedges are lightly driven in to hold the peg in place. We don't use any screws or mechanical fasteners, it is all done with proper joinery.

Double wedge in peg

Double wedge in peg

Each peg receives two small wedges to hold it in place.

This V-groove softens the edges when the top expands and contracts due to the seasonal moisture and dryness in your home.

Custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Custom Farm Tables by NEJ

Tiger Maple Bread Board End

Tiger Maple Bread Board End