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Eugene

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10-29-2011 02:16 AM

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What is the best way to secure a table top to the legs and apron?

-- Eugene, North Carolina, slimderx@yahoo.com


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paratrooper34

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 02:37 AM

Eugene, I like to have a 1/4” (or so) dado running the length of the inside of the apron that I can then make (or buy) clips to slide into the dado and then screw the top down from those those clips. I have also fabricated corner pieces that sat flush to the top of the legs and apron and then anchor the top through those. Hope that helps.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 10-29-2011 02:48 AM

rabit the apron and use metal or wooden ofset blocks screwed into the bottom of the table top.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 02:50 AM

Yep…. I use these. They fit nicely into a saw kerf.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=784

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 03:27 AM

Attach s-clips, or table clips to the apron (like the ones in the link that Charlie posted above), if you don’t want to make your own. 1/8” saw kerf (as mentioned) should fit nicely for the pre-made clips. Obviously if you make your own (like paratrooper34), you can make the dado whatever size you want to fit the block into, allowing it to slide/move as the wood for the top expands and contracts.

You can attach the apron to the legs with corner brackets and/or pocket screws if you have a pocket hole jig. If you want to make it solid, use the pocket screws and corner brackets in combination to attach the apron to the legs.

I think oluf meant to say dado the apron, not rabbet it?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 06:52 AM

I use “figure 8’s” to attach all my table tops. Easy to install…..no glue, and good wood movemnet, yet strong. Take a look at my project “Shaker Hall table” in my projects page, and you’ll see how it’s done….piece of cake…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Les

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#6 posted 10-29-2011 01:57 PM

+ 1 for what Charlie said

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#7 posted 10-29-2011 03:31 PM

I use figure eights for all of the reasons Rick gave.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#8 posted 10-29-2011 03:47 PM

Eugene, Sorry for the confusion. I meant to type z-clips, or z-fasteners (not s-clips…didn’t mean to lead you astray). I was checking LumberJocks at work again, with distractions when I originally posted.

Here’s an article discussing various ways to attach tabletops, with some good illustrations as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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