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Cut away of top of table to show pin inside

Rookie mistake, veteran solution

While building a small table recently, I realized I'd forgotten to cut a saw kerf inside the apron for the tabletop-mounting clamps. And, the table was small enough that I couldn't fit my biscuit joiner inside to make a slot.

While contemplating my dilemma, I stumbled across some 1/4" shelf supports like the ones shown in the drawing. I drilled holes in the apron as shown, slipped a pin in each hole, then rotated each support into the position shown. Finally, I secured the shelf supports to the tabletop with screws. The technique worked so well, I now use it regularly in my projects.

-- Jason Matthews, Ogden, Utah

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Comments (4)
endixon1 wrote:

Timdebk: drill out the hole in the shelf support Then use a flat head retainer and washer. The bigger the hole, the more movement is alloted.

2/21/2013 11:59:05 AM Report Abuse
Clouseau wrote:

That is what a slitting cutter in the router is for.

1/9/2012 07:30:55 PM Report Abuse
gguess2285978 wrote:

This method works since the pin can slide in and out of the hole in the apron. It does mean that the pins can only be put along 2 edges instead of the usual 4 edges.

9/2/2011 05:29:59 PM Report Abuse
timdebk wrote:

I thought the purpose of the slot method of attaching the top was to allow for contraction/expansion of the top. It seems to me that this method would not allow for that movement.

9/2/2011 08:19:22 AM Report Abuse

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