Breadboard-end Cutting Board: Project Info

Our current project is a Breadboard-end Cutting Board (June-July)

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Breadboard-ends – skills in making large draw-bore mortise and tenons

Breadboard-ends can be used on many projects. It allows glue-free friction joinery that is long-lasting and durable. This method will build your technique in making mortise and tenons but also give you a new way of making sustainable and enduring flat boards which can be used not only for cutting boards but for table tops, counter tops, box lids and many other projects.

Parts and cutting list

PartThicknessSize (Imperial)Size (Metric)
Main board x 27/8″ (22mm)6 x 16″152 x 406mm
Ends x 27/8″ (22mm)2 x 12½”51 x 318mm
4 small pieces to make the dowels

Tools/materials/equipment needed

The tools we use to make this project are quite common, minimal and yet essentially fundamental to all joinery types. Most of the tools below are simply part of the set you will need for all dovetailing in the future.  The essential element to all joinery is a keen knife edge, an accurate square and sharp chisels.

Marking gauge
Chisel hammer
Smoothing plane
Tenon saw
WoodA couple of square feet of 7/8″ (22mm) wood
FinishVegetable oil


  1. Michael van Zadelhoff on 12 June 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Am I correct to say that 7/8″ is around 22mm and not 13?

  2. Michael van Zadelhoff on 12 June 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Am I correct to say that 7/8″ is around 22mm in stead of 13mm?

  3. Ohj123 on 12 June 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Should mm be 23mm and bottom x1 3/8 be ends x2 ( thickness 7/8 23 mm)

  4. Ken on 12 June 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Guys the 7/8″ to mm mistake has been reported. Joseph will sort it out asap

  5. Joseph SellersTeam Member on 12 June 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Sorry about this guys. Thank you for reporting it. I have fixed it now.

  6. Michael Swinburne on 23 November 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for your help. I have got what I need, I am now one happy bunny

    Yours gratefully

    Michael Swinburne

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