Elegant Tabletop Fasteners | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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For my best work, I want the bottom of my project to be as beautiful as the top. That’s when I made a set of old-fashioned wooden table fixings, or “buttons”, rather than using the modern stamped steel type.

A button allows a solid wood top to expand and contract through the seasons. When the grain of the top runs parallel to the guide, the button slides in and out of the slot while the top moves slowly. When the grain runs at a right angle to the track, the button slides sideways.

To create the buttons, cut the dice into a long block. Drill and countersink the screw holes, then chamfer the long edges. Saw the blocks and chamfer the ends with a file or a disc sander.—Tom Caspar


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