OK, I am building a piano bench from Mahogany. I looked at one on t-day to get some ideas. Breadboard ends.
It looks as though the original had a sliding dovetail holding the breadboard on. The top was about 16" across the grain. It looks as though the end of the breadboard had a mitered corner before the DT slot was cut. Sort of a breadboard end for the breadboard! No end grain anywhere.
From my initial Google searches it seems there are two purposes of breadboard ends.
1) Aesthetics 2) To help with warping
The downside of breadboard ends is that they will move differently than the piece they are attached to.
In the antique I was looking at; the finish was intact along the edge of the breadboard. I saw no evidence of any dowels or pins or any other attachment other than the dovetail. The corner, where the dovetail was visible, was completely smooth, no evidence of any movement.
So, my questions....
1) Do I need the breadboard end for any other reason beside aesthetics on such a small project? 2) Do I need to be concerned with wood movement on such a small project? 3) If #2 is No, could the breadboard be biscuit, splined, M&T in place with glue along end? 4) If #4 is Yes, and I do not want any dowels showing, and I do not want to risk it breaking off when someone sits on it, how else, besides a sliding DT, could it be attached?
And a final somewhat related question.... Should I do my final edge profile before or after attaching the breadboard ends? I'm thinking after.
And, start to finish on this project before Christmas! The wood is in my truck, starting tonight.