END GRAIN VS. BREADBOARD END tabletop construction

We offer several different types of tabletop constructions to customize the aesthetic of the design as well as what will offer additional support and rigidity for the longevity of the tabletop. When it comes to end grain vs. breadboard ends, the first thing to consider is which approach will look right for your design intentions.



Tabletops that are made with dimensional lumber can be joined in a variety of ways. Our most common joinery method involves joining each board together lengthwise to meet required tabletop widths, leaving the end grain exposed. This method may slightly ‘cup’ over time without the use of a breadboard end, which ensures tabletop flatness over time.


A breadboard end is a narrow piece that is mechanically joined to the end of a larger panel. The purpose is to support and maintain the rigidity of the panel, while allowing the panel to shrink or expand across the grain (Finewoodworking.com). A table top can always benefit from having one, as it will further promote the tabletop’s flatness over time.

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