Floating Joint for Table Top

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Forum topic by Matt posted 02-23-2012 01:55 PM 1353 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 01:55 PM

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Does anyone have suggestions for putting together large table tops that will avoid such issues as warping and cracking? My work is somewhat rustic, and I use large reclaimed planks 2×6 to 2×12 that don’t need to be joined seamlessly.

I am thinking I should use breadboards or battens to hold them together, or even a loose spline between grooves.
I am looking for other suggestions if anyone has something that has worked well.

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 02:09 PM

If gaps are not an issue, breadboard ends might be the way to go. You make the mortises a bit wide and drawbore the planks towards the center to allow for some seasonal movement.

Cut nails work too since your are going for the rusting thing (nails flex….glue not so much)

But there are a lot of ways to get this done.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 02:10 PM

The simple approach would be to use battens with slotted holes. A lot depends on what type of leg construction you are planning, are we talking picnic table here?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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