Recently I have been working on a
new dining room table for our family. I decided to
do breadboard ends to help keep the wide table top
flat. I know the procedure and have done breadboards
However this time, try as I might, I
could not get one of the breadboard ends on tight.
Now, one end looked great, but
the other was a disaster with a gap you could drive a truck
through. Ok, it might have only been 1/16” at most, but that
was going to catch a lot of crumbs from the kids.
This side was pretty good.
Oops, that’s not so good…
So after some choice words (see
title) began to think about what to do. I could have drilled
the pins out, knocked the end off, and tried to fix it. I
could also have taken a more drastic step and shortened the
table top. The truth is no project really ever is perfect,
no matter how hard we try.
I know I personally often
obsess over a joint to try and get it just perfect. Sometime
I have even made them worse by over working them. I am not a
professional woodworker, but a hobbyist that makes
functional and nice looking things from wood.
The end result
here was that I decided to swallow my pride and move the
project along to the next phase so I could go play trains
with my boys.
So what to do…
Well I decided to shim the gap.
This was a “quick and dirty” solution that I would never
have considered had I been making this to sell. However, on
a family table it was ok, and I figured my wife would not
mind just so long as we did not have a crumb catching canyon
in our table top.
The key thing to remember with
this joint is wood movement. To start off I gathered some
thin strips of offcuts from the side of the table. You could
also rip out some thin strips on the table saw, but I had a
few that were close enough. I took these strips and wiped
glue on ONE SIDE ONLY!