Help with z clip table top fasteners

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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 07-11-2016 03:01 AM 999 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2016 03:01 AM

I have some z clip fasteners that I was planning to use to hold my table top down. It is large…50”x 24”. I see that they require a 3/32” slot. I thought to do this with my biscuit jointer, which I now find out has a 5/32” cutter. Good thing I checked first.

The table is of course together already, so I can’t even go buy a thin kerf blade for my table saw and do it that way.

Any ideas?


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#1 posted 07-11-2016 03:09 AM

it is the top of the kerf that matters
that is where the clip grabs

i never bother with thin kerf blades
my standard 1/8” one makes a simple cut
i do drop it down just a a shade
so the clip actually does bind
and not just be flush when it is tightened down

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#2 posted 07-11-2016 04:59 AM

I dont see why your 5/32 biscuit jointer wouldnt work, as long as the top of the kerf is in the right spot. I use 1/8 table saw blade for them as well and it works fine.

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#3 posted 07-11-2016 12:27 PM

What they said, kerf thickness isn’t critical. Go ahead and use your biscuit joiner.

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 02:55 AM

I know its been forever, but I thought I’d check back in for posterity. The biscuit jointer worked. I had to set the kerf down quite a bit farther than the directions for the z clips, due to the extra width of the kerf. I think I was down about 3/4”. I just tested it on some scraps until the kerf was down the wall far enough that the top of the z didn’t hit the table top before the bottom of the z jammed in the kerf.



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