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Forum topic by gargey posted 05-27-2016 03:41 PM 785 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2016 03:41 PM

Sup y’all,

Anyone have links to plans for simple side table designs? Shaker or similar?

I have the wood already, and I mostly design in my head, but I want to see what the best practices are for attaching the top when it comes to small tables.

I assume different methods are employed compared to large tables; you wouldn’t figure-8 the top on a sidetable, right?

The top in this case will be one or two laminations of 3/4” x 6” cherry.

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#1 posted 05-27-2016 03:49 PM

Why wouldn’t you figure 8 fasten the top? That’s how most table tops are attached.

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#2 posted 05-27-2016 03:55 PM

Agreed, why not figure 8? Or “table top fasteners”, or if you want more traditional, make your own

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#3 posted 05-27-2016 05:06 PM

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#4 posted 05-27-2016 06:32 PM

I usually use figure 8 fasteners. Get the solid metal ones if you can. The stamped hollow ones aren’t very strong.

One other method I use… if you have support rails in addition to aprons, you can attach the top through slotted holes.

Here’s another discussion on the topic…

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#5 posted 05-31-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks guys

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