Bread boards and what it means for your table...

okay so, many of our clients love the look of the bread board application on their table tops. For reference a bread board is when you have a board on the ends of your table going in the opposite direction. They're on each end and are typically the same size as the other boards in your table top. Here's a photo of a top of one of our tables with bread boards to show a good example. 

So again, see the boards on the ends with the bolts? Those are what we call "bread boards". 

This application to a harvest table top is strickly an aesthetic option but I want to inform you that there are some things you should know about bread boards before you add them to your table. Most will add them because they feel it makes the ends look tidier by hiding the ends of all the other boards. This can be true and they do have a nice look however wood naturally shrinks and expands in only one direction. During the dryer months which in Canada are fall and winter your table top will loose moisture and the boards will shrink from edges grain to edge grain. The bread boards on your harvest table run in the opposite dircwtook as previously stated which means they won't shrink end to end to match the shrinkage of the other boards. This means that during the cooler dryer months your "bread boards" on your harvest table will overhang anywhere from 1/16th to 1/4". This is always unpleasant and many of our clients panic, however this is the natural process of real wood and in theory come spring and summer the boards should re expand with all the extra moisture and humidity in the air. If you find after a full season that the boards have not swelled back to their original state then we would simply have to come out to trim the bread board and touch it up with some stain. 

This shouldn't deter you from adding bread boards to your harvest table but it is a real consideration that you must take when ordering a solid wood piece of furniture. 

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