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Like some of the comments said, the first thing to do is to determine why the cracks opened up in the first place. Broadly, there are two potential causes. Either seasonal movement was not being allowed for or the boards were not given proper time to acclimatize. What you should do is examine the construction of the base of the table and how it is ...


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Here is a photo of the underneath of a lamp table that I made. It shows how the fasteners are used to fasten the table top to the legs framework while still allowing movement. Take note of the groove cut into the rails which are positioned such that screwing the fastener applies pressure to keep the top attached firmly. The top is Padauk and the base is ...


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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 humidity etc. This means that if you notch the corners to accept the legs, while the width of the top will expand the legs will not because they are connected ...


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I'm working on designing a table for my kitchen (no A/C for moisture control) and I'm not entirely sure what the best method for securing it would be, and if I should even bother accounting for expansion/contraction at the size of this table and the material. I think the simple answer to this among professional builders would be, the same method I always ...


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