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PittsburghTim

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565 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: hardware fastener table

I was finishing a coffee table project this weekend and to allow for movement between the legs and the top, I needed some figure 8 fasteners. Drove up to Rockler and was disappointed in that the new ones they are receiving are thin, stampings rather than the normal washer-like pieces they used to carry. Even worse was that the stamped versions have the countersinks on the same side of the fastener, which was useless for what I needed.

I was bummed that I could not finish the project this weekend. I decided a trip to my favorite local hardware store was in order. I looked at all of the different hardware to see if there was something that I could substitute when it hit me. I looked in the next aisle and found some chain links (like those on a motorcycle or piece of lawn and garden equipment) sold in small packages. I found that number 60 chain links would work just right. I took them home, used a countersink bit to countersink for screws, one from each side, and was able to finish the table. I actually like them better than the store-bought kind as they are made from thicker steel.

Take a look,

Tim

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 565 days ago

That’s a great idea! I wonder what Rockler is thinking those 8’s will be used for with the countersinks on the same side?????

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 564 days ago

Brilliant!

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 564 days ago

Great idea! Every time I use figure 8’s, I fear I’ll never find them again. Now I know there will always be an alternative, unless #60 chain becomes obsolete! Thanks for posting!

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 564 days ago

Woodworkers Supply carries a good figure 8….solid stuff…I buy them by the 100 bag….ck. ‘em out….

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OnlyJustME

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#5 posted 564 days ago

A use for all those old rusty bike chains i have.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 564 days ago

Tim
first thanks for the tip

second you cuold allso have stay┬┤d in your shop and have made some small L-shaped blocks
out of hardwood and made little nochs 1 cm down from the top of the legsection
so the L-block can slide back and forth in when the tabletop exspand and contract

Dennis

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 564 days ago

I get my figure 8’s from lee valley. They’re cheap and look much like the ones you made.

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