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Son of a Wooden Monkey!  And other colorful workshop sayings…

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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 successfully before.

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!


 
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