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Forum topic by Bcemail posted 01-12-2017 04:48 PM 436 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2017 04:48 PM

Hello, I’m putting together a simple utility table for the wife. Had some legs that I connected to 1×4 aprons. The top is MDF that will have wood edging added (it’s all being painted). She wanted a thicker top to raise the height a bit, so I added a couple layers of plywood, which I did in strips just so it didn’t get too heavy. I’m going to add a couple of cross braces between the aprons to support the weight.

Ok, so I’ve read about using various connectors to allow the top to expand and contract. I think that doesn’t matter with my top since it’s MDF and ply. But am I supposed to still use those types of connectors to allow the base to expand and contract? All the articles I’ve read just talk about the top.


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#1 posted 01-12-2017 06:36 PM

you can if you want to ….but not needed

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 08:59 PM

I wouldn’t worry about it moving too much. Just choose the fasteners that will allow you to remove the top and replace or repaint it when needed.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 09:15 PM

Wood expands across its width, but negligibly along its length. So the answer depends on table design. Typical apron table, no problem. Trestle table with solid sides and MDF top… problem.

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 01:33 AM

Thanks! I’ll attach it directly then!

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