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Forum topic by Oosik posted 11-06-2013 02:57 PM 2119 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 02:57 PM

I’m about to start working on a new kitchen table that is a modified version of Ana Whites Triple Pedestal Farm House Table.

I was curious after reading about wood movement, what is the best way to attach a table with this sort of design? I’ve read about the wood screws, and oversized Pocket holes for tables with skirts and the typical four legs, but I’m not sure how to apply it to this project?

I’m guessing using buttons and cut breadboard ends?

I’ll be shortening the table to a bit less than 7.5’, so only need 2 legs I believe.

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 03:11 PM

I can’t see the underside but would imagine you could screw up thru the base. I would have elongated holes in the base so the top could move from side to side. Some wiggle room so to speak.

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 03:37 PM

Ana uses screws

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 04:29 PM

Will screws allow enough wiggle room to prevent cracking without elongated holes like Rocky suggested?

Do the ends need to be breadboards?

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 04:32 PM

Is this design possible without worrying too much about wood movement?

What’s the best way to attach each piece? Biscuits, dowels, or pocket screws?

Sorry about the crude drawing.

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 05:19 PM

If I read Ana’s instructions correctly, the top of this table is screwed together using pocket hole screws. It’s not an edge joined solid panel. You’re not going to need to worry as much about movement with this type of constuction as you would with a solid glue up. This is basicly a high end picnic table made from 2 by and 1 by material.

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