Wood movement and table tops

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    Nathaniel Bartlett


    I vaguely remember on one of Paul’s videos he demonstrated “latches” or dogs for holding down a table top to the skirt/legs. Which would allow for wood movement and make it able for you to remove the top if you want to.

    Question: Can you guys remember which video that is? Or give me some other info.

    Project: I’m making a living room table set out of birch. I don’t want to have movement problems. Do you think a tabletop that is 15″ wide would have a problem?

    Nathaniel Bartlett

    Jim Mount

    Nathaniel, check any of the table series: occasional table, sofa table….very unlikely you would experience problems with that size living room set, unless you varied the humidity levels widely, say from Louisiana bayou to Arizona desert, and even then not really a problem when using Paul’s system


    david o’sullivan

    Hi.what you are looking for are called” turn buttons”. if you put that in the search bar it should bring you to the second or third last episode of the coffee table,among other videos.

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    Nathaniel Bartlett

    Thanks Jim, and David. I do experience wide humidity changes here in Newfoundland. I was thinking of morticing the legs up into the top, but fears of movement changed my mind.

    I’ll definitely search Paul’s turn buttons. I could use metal L brackets or something but I figured I could use more class.


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