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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 05:02 PM

When I build a table that has a solid top, say oak, I use a fastner called a “figure 8”. You use a 3/4” Forstner bit and drill a hole about 1/16th—1/8” deep on the edge of the aprons, making sure it is below the top of the aprons…screw it down snug….With a table that size, I’ll put about 2- 3 on each end apron, and about 4 down the apron lengthwise. Turn the table over, place the top on the frame with the amount of over-hang you want, and screw it to the top….These let the top move with changes in humidity and seasonal changes. I’ve used them for years, and haven’t had a top crack or come off yet…..Here’s a couple of pixs to show how they work….

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