Attching burl top to table rails.

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Forum topic by revanson11 posted 02-06-2015 06:47 PM 549 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2015 06:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: black walnut fastening expansion tabletop tip walnut

I need some advice on how best to attach this Black Walnut top to the table rails. From the looks of this piece the grain runs all over the place and I am not sure if I need to use some clips or if I can just make some elongated holes and screw it down. The piece is 12” X 16”. Any ideas?

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 07:36 PM

Try attaching it with buttons. Take a block of wood and cut a slot about 3 times wider than the thickness of the screw you will use. Screw the buttons to the apron then, using a washer, screw the button to the table top through the slot. The top can move all it wants in any direction and not crack the wood. Make sure to position the buttons on the apron which is perpendicular to the grain, and place one in each corner.

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#2 posted 02-07-2015 02:09 AM

If you haven’t already glued the rails to the legs, I’d suggest the following:

Cut a 3/8” deep x 3/8” wide dado 3/8” down from the inside top of each rail. Make four 3/4” x 5-1/2” x 1-1/2” corner braces with 45 degree angles. Center a 3/8” tongue on each of the 1-1/2” ends. The tongue will fit into the dados cut in the rail. Drill a 3/16” hole in the center of each corner brace,

Reassemble and glue the rails and legs, then fit and glue the corner braces while checking for square. Finally, screw the table top from underneath.

If you’d like, I can send a SketchUp diagram of the assembly.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 12:47 PM

An easy way to do it is with a biscuit slot and table top fasteners.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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