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    Since I’ve been away from my workspaces this week, I drew up some plans to feed my woodworking desires. This will also eventually feed my belly, as my fiance plans to use this breadboard for making pie crusts.

    I’m planning to make a breadboard that is wider than the one Paul made in the video. This breadboard will likely be the first project I make once my workbench is completed. I’m planning to buy some 4/4 maple to use as rough stock, and cut it to the sizes I list in the attached drawing.

    Having read this thread ( https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/discussions/topic/my-attempt/ ) and the discussion about expansion therein, I think the design I have should allow for expansion.

    I am, however, wondering if I should make the draw bore holes in the blind tenons slotted as I have shown (allowing for expansion side to side but keeping tension on the breadboard ends), or use them to hold the edge boards to the center board and leave them as a single 1/4″ hole. I am worried that if the boards expand, it could cause issues with compression of the dowels or even tearout of the holes.

    Being new to this, I’m probably just being overly paranoid and it’s likely that both methods would make a functional breadboard, but I’m curious what way you all think will be best.

    -Tim Anderson, UT, USA

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