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10-24-2016 06:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question modern arts and crafts joining

Planning on building a piece with a floating top to add a modern design element and interest.

When attaching a floating top to a table, how do you compensate for expansion and contraction?

Thanks for sharing your expertise in this area.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 10-24-2016 07:00 PM

Hi Tom
depending on you connection point it can be pretty much like standard tables sliding dovetails,figure 8s or screws with elongated holes through lower cross members .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-24-2016 07:41 PM

Hey Jim,

Been looking on Google and YouTube. Havent seen that part of the process. I understand how to attach a top for a standard table, but the connection appears to be fixed in the floating top? Then I’m wondering about the base? I know about elongating holes in breadboard tops. Just having a hard time visualizing the floating connection points.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 10-24-2016 07:55 PM

floating top designs differ at their connecting points. some comes to end like an upside down foot where you can use a screw and an oversize hole or figure 8 other are a straight member raising the top above the apron they might be good candidates for a sliding dovetail joint. If you have a photo of a particular design that may help. I search floating table top under Images on google.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-24-2016 08:23 PM

LOL!

Did that before asking my question. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 10-24-2016 08:24 PM

Going out to put a roof on my shed I’m building. will reply to folks later.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 10-24-2016 08:56 PM

I’ve had my floating top tables for 5 years now. I used figure 8 attachments with absolutely no problems. Just don’t tighten the screws down so blasted tight … snug will do.
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-- Don

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#7 posted 10-25-2016 12:57 AM

Tom, I have used the figure 8’s also for some time now and never had a problem. On the other hand, years and years back before I didn’t know any better I just screwed it in and never had a problem. Guess the wood gods liked me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 10-25-2016 01:19 AM

I usually use slotted holes to screw through. I have been somewhat fortunate to not have many problems.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 10-25-2016 01:22 AM

Did you know that Murphy is the Wood God of Haiti’s? LOL! Found a good article on joining table tops using different joinery such as Jim and Don, and you have mentioned. It had pictures which helped. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 10-25-2016 02:00 PM

Tom,
Take a look at this detailed technique.

Best,
Serge

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