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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 09-04-2014 07:49 PM 847 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s starting to look like a table, even if it is upside down. While sanding the bottom edges today I learned some lessons of what NOT to do when I sand the top. I’ve attached the skirt to the top using homemade cleats(?) with over-sized holes for the screws. I should be starting the base tomorrow.

(I might mention that the picnic table on which this project sits was also one of my creations. It works, but it’s a little bit too rustic to be called woodworking, more like DIY.)

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!



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nomercadies

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 07:59 PM

Love it. Is it possible to give us a close up of the cleats? I’m trying to figure out if they were glued to either the top or the skirt. How did you attach the larger boards in the middle? Lucky folks at church.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 08:14 PM

I knew I should have pulled this one off the camera at the same time. ;-) The cleats are glued to the inside of the skirt, just a tiny bit up from the bottom. They are screwed to the underside of the top through very over-sized holes. There are two on each end and four on each side. Our church has hot water baseboard heat and a window air conditioner in the meeting room, but it (the air) only runs when people are in there. I’m figuring on movement of the wood.

The larger boards are 2×4 cleats to which the base will be attached. They are glued and screwed. hoping for the best, but I didn’t want the thing to wobble.)

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!

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nomercadies

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 08:59 PM

Thank you. I gave no thoughts to using a fender washer to keep the connection yet allow massive movement until I saw your solution.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 09:42 PM

Nomercadies, It’s amazing what we come up with when the local hardware store doesn’t sell Z clips.

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 10:48 PM

Looking pretty good Dave, even up side down. I use these type cleats too, a little different in that I make them “L” shaped and put slots in the apron where part of the cleat is inserted. These should serve your table well.
The clipped corners look good too, nice touch to the table appearance.
I’ll be looking to see what style legs you’ve chosen in the next installment.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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CFrye

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#6 posted 09-05-2014 07:05 AM

Dave, I was under the impression that wood movement wasn’t an issue with ply. Or are you concerned about the apron moving?

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 09-05-2014 10:17 AM

CFrye, I guess I’m just concerned generally. Somewhere while I was researching how to attach the top I thought I read that plywood does move. Better safe® than sorry(?)

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!

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CFrye

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#8 posted 09-05-2014 11:37 AM

Understood. And for goodness sake don’t take any nugget of a rumor of a thought of something I may have ill remembered I read as gospel when it comes to wood lore/fact!

-- God bless, Candy

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