This week, I finished the trestle dining table that I designed to match the dining chairs I made last year.  The table curves are meant to match the chairs. The table top has breadboards at the ends.Dining Set To keep the width of the table matching the breadboards, I used a technique I saw in Fine Woodworking about 6 years ago. On most breadboard tables, the breadboard widths are never the same as the rest of the table, because of expansion and contraction of the table top. The technique is to leave an expansion joint (1/8″ gap) in the middle of the table top, and glue the breadboards on the edges. In the expansion joint, I cut grooves along the butt ends on each side of the joint and put a 1/4″ wooden strip down this groove joint to fill the gap. I found a beautifully patterned board (see below) for the center, so I included two expansion joints to highlight this center board.

Walnut table top highlighting center board between two expansion joints.

Walnut table top highlighting center board between two expansion joints.

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