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Posted on How to attach side board to table - Bowling alley table

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 01:08 AM

Just 45 corners and put screws followed by wood plugs. Yes they were heavily glued…

- JackDuren

Jack—How many seasonal humidity changes has your table been through since you added the mitered trim? What kind of climate does the table live in?

A “bowling alley table” is somewhat different from a “traditional” table in that the individual pieces that make up the top are not glued together—only nailed. This does allow the individual pieces to expand and contract individually (potentially creating tiny gaps between individual pieces)—so the risk of creating a Panel of Doom is somewhat less. Is it enough? Personally, I would not risk it, but I have never built a Bowling Alley table—only “traditional” tables.

Anybody else have actual experience with bowling alley tables? Do they move as much as a normal table?

- jerryminer

The table was made for “Main Event” headquarters in Texas I believe and have heard nothing negative. I build tables for many restaurants world wide and never hear their fate. I can say I haven’t ever fix a table other than being damage in shipping.

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