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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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What would be the best way to bevel an oval table top?

To expand upon @keshlam's answer, you're going to want to purchase a chamfer or low angle bevel bit. Amazon (among others) sells a 60-deg bevel bit (pictured below), and chamfer bits can be found at ...
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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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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops? It completely depends on where they're sited. They're perfectly acceptable in some places and utterly wrong in ...
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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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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?

I was wondering how I could make a table similar. You can't really, and shouldn't try. Making a table that looks similar is easy enough, but actually laminating solid wood to plywood is inherently a ...
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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?

There are several issues to address in fabricating such a table top. First, as you pointed out is wood movement. The plywood base will not have any appreciable movement in either direction while the ...
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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

will pocket hole screws allow the table to expand and contract as it is supposed to? I'm assuming you built something that was fastened together along the lines of this (source) where you used ...
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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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Follow up, camber extendable table with the rack and pinion

Table slides are those pieces of wood that join the two halves of a table and support the leaves. The bigger the opening the more pieces necessary for each slide (Normally two slides per table, each ...
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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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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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