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Tabletop project advice

by Qcyeuw
posted 10-13-2018 02:14 PM


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 10-13-2018 02:30 PM

I guess I can’t decipher your description of the clamping jig. What do you mean by, ”screwing a second 2×4 in parallel to the 2×4 atop the rails at an angle to drive the panels in snug” ?

I can’t picture it. Another you may not have though of , how are you going to prevent the whole top from being glued to the 2×4’s underneath?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Qcyeuw

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#2 posted 10-13-2018 02:38 PM

Thanks for the response. Think of the second 2×4 as a means of closing the clamp. The first 2×4 on top of the rails would serve as one end of the clamp, and the second would be the other. While the first end would be secured in place, I would use screws or bolts driven at an angle into the rails to pull the second inward to snug the panels together. Hope this clears it up.

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mahdee

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#3 posted 10-13-2018 02:38 PM

Yes, it is more likely to pop if you apply enough pressure on it. You can buy cheap clamps at Harbor Freight ($6-$7). I don’t think having heavy stuff on the bench will be an issue as long as you have a good support underneath. Since this is going to be covered with equipments, why not just screw it to the support?? Just make sure whatever you use to screw it on has a larger hole than the diameter of the screw so the wood can expand and contract if it needs to. As long as the legs and apron is done right, it should work just fine.

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000

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#4 posted 10-13-2018 02:49 PM

Going off of your method, it would be better if you screwed the 2×4’s down to the bench about an 1/8” wider than your tops. Then drive shims in between the 2×4’s and the top for the pressure.

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rcs47

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#5 posted 10-13-2018 02:50 PM

You could attach both top 2×4s and use wedges to apply pressure to the joint. Drive them in on each end on one side.

Don’t forget to put tape on the lower 2×4s at the joint location or you will attach the top to them.

Good luck.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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Qcyeuw

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#6 posted 10-13-2018 03:44 PM



Going off of your method, it would be better if you screwed the 2×4 s down to the bench about an 1/8” wider than your tops. Then drive shims in between the 2×4 s and the top for the pressure.

- jbay

Thanks, great idea. How many shims should i use? As many as possible for even pressure, or will 4-5 be fine?

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lumbering_on

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#7 posted 10-13-2018 03:58 PM

What exactly are you referring to when you say ‘paint grade panels’? Is this solid wood panels or are you referring to something such as MDF?

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Qcyeuw

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#8 posted 10-13-2018 04:18 PM



What exactly are you referring to when you say paint grade panels ? Is this solid wood panels or are you referring to something such as MDF?

- lumbering_on


https://www.lowes.com/pd/Common-3-4-in-x-16-in-x-6-ft-Actual-0-62-in-x-15-25-in-x-6-ft-Pine-Board/50053129

like this, solid wood. this isnt the exact one i saw in store.

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lumbering_on

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#9 posted 10-13-2018 04:33 PM


https://www.lowes.com/pd/Common-3-4-in-x-16-in-x-6-ft-Actual-0-62-in-x-15-25-in-x-6-ft-Pine-Board/50053129

like this, solid wood. this isnt the exact one i saw in store.

- Qcyeuw

Solid wood, so that’s good.

Take a look at Izzy Swan’s video, if you have the space, it’s a good way to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nachBXVakWs

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ocean

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#10 posted 10-13-2018 04:45 PM

You idea may work but I think you may need more pressure than you can achieve. The shims sound good. Cover the 2×4’s with wax paper where the panels meet. Also apply some kind of weight over the seam between panel so they will align properly with each other. Gallon cans of paint with wax paper below them. 4-5 cans should work or bricks. Any thing you have that is compact and heavy.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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