How to Attach a Tabletop
Six methods to control and direct wood movement
Synopsis: While you cannot prevent a solid-wood tabletop from moving seasonally, there are several time-tested methods for attaching a tabletop that will allow you to control expansion and contraction and ensure the integrity of the table for its lifetime. In this article, contributing editor Mario Rodriguez shares six ways to secure a tabletop to allow for seasonal wood movement — traditional pocket holes, two kinds of metal clips, wooden blocks, tongue and groove blocks, and beveled cleats. He discusses design and construction of each and advises on their use.
Attaching a top to its base is a critical aspect of table design and construction. Regardless of the method you choose, it should meet the following criteria: The top must be firmly attached to the base; the top must remain flat; a solid-wood top must be allowed to move seasonally; the attachment method shouldn’t compromise the design of the table or complicate…