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09-05-2020 06:42 PM

How would you attach the top in this project? There’s not a lot of room to reach Z clips given the distance between that shelf and the underside of the top.


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#1 posted 09-05-2020 06:43 PM

Or is the shelf resting on adjustable height pegs?

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#2 posted 09-05-2020 07:20 PM

I see plenty of room for z clips or figure 8 fasteners. After the piece is built one would turn it upside down on their bench and fill in the screws with a short screwdriver. With the holes predrilled no problem.
Some could even be applied to outside on each end.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 09-05-2020 07:39 PM

Easy Peasy

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#4 posted 09-05-2020 08:31 PM

or one of these impact rated right angle adapters if you already have a driver/drill:


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#5 posted 09-05-2020 08:36 PM

Ok I don’t have a screwdriver that short but it sounds like they exist. Or I can get a right angle drill driver.

Thanks

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#6 posted 09-05-2020 08:51 PM

I use the Dewalt one pictured above, it works great.

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#7 posted 09-05-2020 09:06 PM

would you be opposed to an adhesive of some sort ?? (that’s what I would use).

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#8 posted 09-05-2020 09:23 PM



would you be opposed to an adhesive of some sort ?? (that s what I would use).

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- John Smith

No that would prevent expansion.

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#9 posted 09-05-2020 10:27 PM

The right angle drills work nice. If it’s even less room to work then use a socket wrench with an adapter for a hex bit.

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#10 posted 09-05-2020 10:35 PM

Usually these shelves are detachable so you can work on the frame and top.

Alternatively there are wrenches with hex adapters to get into tight spots (doesn’t always have to use power tools)

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#11 posted 09-05-2020 10:46 PM

Anyone thinking of building that one would be wise to make the middle shelf removable. And not part of the overall glue up.

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#12 posted 09-06-2020 01:49 AM

BTW – if the top overhangs the base by enough (~2-3”+), could mortise a circle in bottom surface, and hide figure eight mounts on outside edges where it is easier to reach the screws. Only need a triangle shaped mortise 1/8” deep, but quick work to use forstner bit, and hardware covers the center hole.
You would feel them if you run hand over the area, but would not see them on low height coffee table (unless laying on floor). Mount them the opposite way they show here:
https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/tabletop-fasteners#

Have also seen the wooden buttons method done on outside of table apron as decorative feature using a corbel shaped button and countersunk screw. Cut a shallow 1/16” groove the length of apron for effect, and cut deeper mortise in groove for button to allow for table movement.

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#13 posted 09-06-2020 03:50 AM

once again the usual lj’s over thought over done answer-lol.

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#14 posted 09-06-2020 12:02 PM


Usually these shelves are detachable so you can work on the frame and top.

Alternatively there are wrenches with hex adapters to get into tight spots (doesn’t always have to use power tools)

- PurpLev

+1

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#15 posted 09-07-2020 02:29 AM

Whenever I see a question like this, I always want to ask… “well, how far along are you on this particular project?” ;-)

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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