Opinions on attaching top 'frame' to table base

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Forum topic by JasonZahn posted 03-17-2016 01:06 AM 573 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2016 01:06 AM

I’m looking for some opinions as to what might be the best way to attach the top to the base of a coffee table I’ve been working on. As you can see in the pic, the top is like a frame, and will have 2 glass panels inset when it’s finished. Originally I was thinking of attaching the ‘rail’ at the rear of the table to the rear apron via two figure 8 type ‘desk fasteners’ and the front ‘rail’ of the top to the upper rail of the table (above the drawer openings) with a couple of screws in elongated holes. Does anyone see an issue with this since, or is there a better way to do it? I guess I’m concerned with forces from wood movement, but maybe I’m overthinking it since both sides of the top will be finished equally? Any help is appreciated!

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 01:12 AM

Great work man, you almost made me like coffee tables again.

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 02:53 AM

I would just use figure 8s. They move around plenty.

-- Tar Heelz, Durham, NC USA

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 03:20 AM

I wouldn’t worry about expansion and contraction too much.Each board is independent of each other so movement will be small.Its kinda like each board is a separate table top.Fasten away.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 11:57 AM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. I’ll just go forward with what I had planned.

DirtyMike- thanks…as much time as this table has taken me, I’m beginning to dislike coffee tables myself!

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