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Forum topic by Jallen8289 posted 09-17-2016 01:38 AM 288 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jallen8289

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09-17-2016 01:38 AM

I built this as office/computer desk and would like to know the best way to attach the top to the stands. I modified the plans to make the desk longer. The plans called for using pocket screws but I have been reading that is not a good idea when it comes to wood expansion. The desk top is 4 pine boards 1×6x8.

Also would like some advice on rubbing out the finish. I have put on 3 coats of minwax semi gloss fast drying poly. It still has some very small nibs on the surface and 2 spots where a bug landed in the finish.


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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 01:43 AM

Looks good, Jallen. The traditional method of fastening is to use ””L clips The end of the clip is inserted in a slot about 3/8” below the top around the inside of the top frame of your pedestals. You can make your own out of wood, but they are so cheap. Use at least three in each side of the pedestal. Why? Sooner or later (always sooner) somebody tries to lift the unit by the top, and all the pedestal weight will be on those screws and clips.
Take a very well sharpened card scraper and lightly drag it across the well dried surface and all the nibs and bug tracks will all but disappear. Repeat until you are satisfied. Then apply some mineral oil and rub out with 0000 steel wool to the desired sheen. Let the oil dry out before deciding on the sheen. You could do it dry… and then apply a good hard Carnuba wax and rub out. It may add some sheen.

DanK

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 01:54 AM

Table clips, buttons, figure-8 fasteners, or cleats with slotted holes are all tried-and-true methods for attaching the top (I would not use pocket screws)

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 10:47 PM

What would be the best way to make the slots for the table clips to go into on the pedestals? And should I put them on all 4 sides of the pedestal or just the sides?

Also do you guys think I should some sort of support under the top where it spans across the pedestals?

Thanks for the help guys this is my first project and hopefully many more to come.

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 11:07 PM

I use a small router with a slot-cutting bit. Biscuit cutter also works well

Wouldn’t hurt to put a fastener or two in the front/back to tie things together.

Your span might be OK without added support. If you want added stiffness, you can run a small apron/cleat under the top (one near the front, one near the back). Screws will hold it on (gluing may be difficult since it’s already finished—but you could sand/scrape off the finish and glue on a stiffener)

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 01:23 AM

+1 ^.
DanK

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