Looking for suggestions on your favorite way to fasten a solid wood
table top to the apron.
I have been thinking of using the method where a wood block with a
tongue is screwed to the underside of the top and the tongue fits into a
groove in the end aprons. This then allows the tongue to slide in the
groove as the top expands and contracts. If you use this method what do
you do on the sides? Here the movement would be in and out from the
groove, not along it.
The top will be about 40" wide in Oak.
Thanks for any suggestions
On Thu, 27 May 2004 23:29:19 +0000, John Siegel wrote:
that way happens to be *my* favorite.
The common name for such a thing is a "button block".
that is fine, just make sure you don't bottom the little tenon out
when installing it. if memory serves me oak will only grow about 1/8 of an
inch over one foot of width, 40 inches would be less than 1/4" into each
hole ( a rough guess-timate ) and quater-sawn tops only move 1/2 as much
as flat sawn glue ups, so that may be a consideration when building.
i make the mortice roughly 1/4 to 3/8 shy of the outside of the apron
and just wider than the end of the block.... I do not make the running
groove type like I've seen before, it weakens the apron and looks shabby
and gives the spiders a home.
the wooden button block is the most graceful IMHO, HTH
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