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Make a table top using pocket holes?

For strength, a good glue bond is all you need. If you want to minimize clamping, you could use pocket screws, but I would recommend against it. When you tighten a pocket screw, it tends to pull the ...
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Why are table legs attached to the edge of tabletop so rare?

Why are table legs attached from the bottom in almost all cases? Are there some considerations when attaching legs from the edge? Attaching legs to the edges of a table top would provide very little ...
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Why are table legs attached to the edge of tabletop so rare?

In addition to Caleb's excellent points, an additional drawback to edge joined legs is that all of the weight on the table is borne by the fasteners and a thin strip of wood (left in the top above the ...
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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?

I would be quite concerned with wood movement in this design. You will be bonding epoxy (which doesn't move seasonally) directly to the end grain of wood. Since the wood will be expanding and ...
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How to attach table legs to wood that is too thin?

18mm isn't actually particularly thin, many smaller pieces use 1/2" material (roughly 13mm) for their tops and numerous sizeable tables have tops 18mm thick or less. For tables, legs are almost never ...
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How to attach table legs to wood that is too thin?

Ive looked everywhere for table legs which I can screw into the wood but every table leg I see needs a minimum depth of 25mm for the wood, whereas my wood is much thinner at 18mm. For my Imperial ...
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Why does my teak dining table have splits?

The top is attached (at least in part) using buttons, although it's hard to tell what's going on with the cross-bracing framework. Buttons are one of the established ways of allowing for seasonal ...
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finish for a very large pine dining table --- is beeswax crazy?

I'll preface my comments by saying that finish choice is a very personal thing, what one person is comfortable using and living with (in terms of upkeep and periodic maintenance) another would not. ...
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Threaded inserts

Epoxy will work as mentioned in the comments. There are two other possibilities I can think of. One is to drill out the area where the threaded inserts are and glue in a dowel. Once that glue is cured,...
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Is it necessary to apply finish to both sides of a table top?

Bob Flexner says it is unnecessary to finish both sides of a table top: ...finishing the undersides of tabletops or the insides of cabinets or chests has only limited impact on reducing the ...
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Make a table top using pocket holes?

Much useful related info in these previous Questions: What is a good way to prevent jointed tabletops from bowing when tightening fasteners or the glue sets? Do pocket hole screws allow for proper ...
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How thin is too thin for a large dining table top? Is 11/16" too thin to properly attach to the table base?

11/16" works out to 17.5mm and although that isn't beefy for a table of this size it doesn't seem too thin to me. Many tables have been made with tops are under 1" (25mm) thick, although the ones I'...
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How thin is too thin for a large dining table top? Is 11/16" too thin to properly attach to the table base?

It depends on how heavy your base is going to be as that is the weight it will need to be able to hold when you pick it up but as long as you you use enough z clips to securely attach the top to the ...
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Ikea Beech Table top conditioning

left it to dry 24 hours. First thing, I don't know if Ikea make a selection of oil treatments but going by the one that's most commonly used this won't ever dry. If the oil is based on mineral oil ...
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Panel Flatness During Table Top Glue Up

Glue up strategy was pipe clamps alternating on top and bottom every foot. I also used biscuits. Alternating clamps top and bottom is a good way to help achieve a flat glue-up, but if you want to be ...
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Table top attachment with aprons on only two sides

I wouldn't use Z-clips, they allow minimally for movement in the orientation needed here. Instead you want my favourite metal tabletop fastening option: These are retailed under various names, I know ...
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Designing legs for large larch tabletop

A table may look simple, but there are some important points to keep in mind when designing one: Wood expands and contracts across its width and depth, but not in its length as a result of seasonal ...
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Staining dining table advice

Normally I'd have asked in the Comments for the specifics of what you'd used here as often knowing the exact products used is vital to diagnosing an issue, but I don't think it matters here as ...
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How might a tabletop be joined to this kind of frame?

A large round tenon at the 4 corners and small dowels on the top rails on the sides would be sufficient to hold the tabletop tight against the supports. Added information: People were wondering why I ...
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Know if a round is right for tablemaking?

Can you give me a guide to selecting the perfect round? The simple answer is no. This is separate to what you consider to be perfect not being specified in the Question. If we just make certain ...
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What can be done to correct wipe-on poly that is still tacky after 24 hours?

Your best option at this point is to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, so just wait longer and see if the varnish will dry properly given enough time. Be patient. Sometimes drying is slowed by one or ...
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Can this table support 150 KG?

Properly speaking, this question can't be answered. (Unless you can find the manufacturer and ask them...) However, I have a few ideas to offer. From a design standpoint, you have two relatively ...
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Grooved bar counter top

Why it's not widespread? A grooved surface can only act as drainage if it is installed at an angle. And a sloping bartop might not be that popular with patrons! If it's not at a suitable angle it ...
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Do I need to worry about expansion and shrinkage for my table top with wood joined at 45 degree angles?

I'm worrying about the picture-framing and expansion Good eye. There are multiple issues with the design of the table pictured, if you want to make it from solid wood. The first is not obvious, it's ...
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Thick tabletop movement

My main question is this. I plan to use 1 1/2" nominal boards in the middle of the table to reduce weight and material costs. If I miter a frame around the thinner boards with the 3" stock and join/...
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What hardware should I use for this hinge?

Wooden dowel. No need to overthink this, dowel is used as the pivot pin or axle in many a traditional design and it can work very well even in cases of sustained use. Pick a strong hardwood (e.g. ...
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How can I fix this wobbly desk

If the top is affixed to the sides and the back, it should prevent the wobble. All four of the pieces interlock to make it solid - if any one is missing, it will not be as stable. If you had an ...
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Reusable Desk design: how to join pieces?

As others have mentioned in the comments, methods and "connectors" drawn from the "Euro"-cabinetry (aka. flat-pack, knock-down (KD), "modern", and Ikea-style :) tradition are consistent with what you'...
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