The traditional breadboard end joint is, to my mind, one of woodworking’s slickest solutions for managing wood movement. It’s often used on tabletops, blanket chest lids, and other solid wood panels such as the lid for the tool chest on page 22. The purpose of the joint is to prevent a solid wood panel from cupping, while still allowing it to expand and contract across the grain in response to ambient humidity. The breadboard ends are essentially rails that are mortised to accept tenons on the ends of the panel.
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