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Methods for fastening table tops which allow the wood to move with changes in humidity.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Sep-Oct 1988 (v.4#4) pg. 39

No-rout screw slots for attaching a tabletop or cabinet top.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #15 Jul-Aug 1990 pg. 10

How to make a router template that will guarantee a perfect fit between bread-board ends and the curved ends of a fancy tabletop.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #18 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 12

Technique for adding end-grain blocks and side pieces to make a tabletop appear thicker.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #25 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 8

Tip describes using a biscuit joiner to cut tabletop fastener slots in table aprons.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #30 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 16

Advice on how to straighten a warped table top.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #32 May-Jun 1993 pg. 10

Tip on how to square up the ends of a large tabletop using a circular saw and router.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #34 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 12

Purpose of the "breadboard end" and methods of attachment.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #37 Mar-Apr 1994 pg. 18

Tip on waiting for glue to dry completely before sanding a table top made from edge-glued boards.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #40 Oct 1994 pg. 14

Breadboard ends. A classic technique for keeping wide panels flat. Several methods for attaching the breadboard ends are described.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #45 Jun 1995 pg. 58

Tips on achieving natural edges (free edges) on furniture tops using the techniques of George Nakashima.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #50 Feb 1996 pg. 12

Advice on how to cope with wood movement in tabletops with breadboard ends.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #58 Apr 1997 pg. 18

Composing a tabletop. How to incorporate the unique grain patterns of various lumber milling techniques into a decorative wooden tabletop.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #74 Aug 1999 pg. 76

Tip on using a biscuit cutter to cut the apron slots for use with tabletop fasteners.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #80 Jun 2000 pg. 26

A butcher-block tabletop you can build. Both round and rectangular construction illustrated.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Dec 1984 (v.62#12) pg. F14

Tips on building a butcher-block tabletop.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1985 (v.63#1) pg. G4

Tip: How to remove a warp from a pine table top and refinish the top in order to prevent future warping.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1981 (v.4#12) pg. 5

Tabletop geometry. How to layout an octagon, hexagon, ellipse, or oval shape tabletop.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1988 (v.11#8) pg. 12

Fabricating and using shrinkage buttons to secure a tabletop to the apron or rail. Includes jigs for cutting and drilling.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1994 (v.17#10) pg. 15

How to smooth and cut laminated panels after they have been assembled by gluing boards edge-to-edge.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1996 (v.19#4) pg. 19

Methods used for attaching antique table tops.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Apr 1992 (v.23#2) pg. 77

How to repair a cracked tabletop.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #342 Oct 1993 (v.43#9) pg. 54

Tips on constructing laminated table tops which are dimensionally stable. Method involves thin (3/16") walnut boards laminated to both the top and bottom of particle board.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 26

Knockdown tabletops (removable tabletops) rely on dovetails, not hardware, to pin the top to the base. Designs given for both apron frame and pedestal frame.
FINE WOODWORKING #20 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 57

How to use a wood lathe equipped with a sanding disc to produce a perfectly round tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #32 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 18

Tips on fabricating Queen Anne tea table tops with delicately molded edges.
FINE WOODWORKING #41 Jul-Aug 1983 pg. 20
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #43 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 4

Pattern for drawing the superellipse. This is a contemporary classic curve of unusual grace used on some Scandinavian tabletops.
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 14

Another method for clamping round tabletops during gluing.
FINE WOODWORKING #51 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 8

Technique for disassembling old tabletops for regluing uses a "unscrew" nut-and-bolt, wooden blocks and C-clamps.
FINE WOODWORKING #51 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 12

How to fasten a solid-wood tabletop to the apron of a table using screw blocks.
FINE WOODWORKING #51 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 18

Use a hidden floating-dowel joint to attach a solid-wood tabletop to its apron. This joint allows the top to expand and contract without any chance of cracking.
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 8

Tips on preventing seasonal warping of tabletops.
FINE WOODWORKING #58 May-Jun 1986 pg. 14
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 6

Fastening tabletops. How to cope with wood movement. Looks at elongated screw holes, pocket screws, fingers, sliding dovetails, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 58

Tips on making hardwood tiles and attaching them to a plywood substrate to form a tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 16

Tips on repairing and correctly installing furniture tops and panels which are subject to cracking.
FINE WOODWORKING #66 Sep-Oct 1987 pg. 14

Tip on laminating 1/2" popular to make a tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #70 May-Jun 1988 pg. 12

Tip: Straighten a twisted tabletop by attaching a diagonal strap to the underside of the table and using wedges to pull the high corners down.
FINE WOODWORKING #73 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 16

Tips on making tabletops covered with ceramic tile.
FINE WOODWORKING #95 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 30

How to flatten a large laminated tabletop or bench top using only a router.
FINE WOODWORKING #99 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 12

How to repair a large defect (such as a cigar burn) in a tabletop using the existing wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #99 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 14

Breadboard ends hold panels flat. Four ways to make this fundamental joint often used to keep a tabletop flat.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 78

Attaching tabletops. Five ways to connect base with top while allowing for seasonal wood movement.
FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 54
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #114 Sep-Oct 1995 pg. 4

Use a biscuit joiner to make concealed screw slots that allow a tabletop or panel to expand or contract.
FINE WOODWORKING #113 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 18

Advice on using steel-corner reinforcers to attach solid-wood tabletops.
FINE WOODWORKING #116 Jan-Feb 1996 pg. 26

Tabletop fastening method uses wood strips.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 18

Using pin-style adjustable shelf supports (small L-brackets with 1/4" pins) as brackets to hold a tabletop to the apron.
FINE WOODWORKING #122 Jan-Feb 1997 pg. 24

Tip on bending flat corner irons to form tabletop fasteners.
FINE WOODWORKING #123 Mar-Apr 1997 pg. 32

Understanding and compensating for wood movement when making tabletops with breadboard ends.
FINE WOODWORKING #127 Nov-Dec 1997 pg. 22

Tip on using short sliding dovetails to fasten a tabletop to stretchers.
FINE WOODWORKING #128 Jan-Feb 1998 pg. 16

Going over edges. Understanding the design implications of tabletop edge treatments will improve the look and feel of your work.
FINE WOODWORKING #132 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 50

Making tabletops without coming unglued. How the pros stay sane when gluing up tabletops and large panels. Ways to keep boards flat during glue-up. Common clamping systems for edge gluing boards into large panels.
FINE WOODWORKING #132 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 79

Tip: How to make a table top look tiled by applying self-adhesive plastic.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Mar 1979 (v.188#3) pg. 164, 260

Tip on using a free-floating batten support system to allow for seasonal movement of large furniture tops that are one piece of wood.
HOME FURNITURE #11 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 64

Tip for fabricating a curved shelf or furniture top from a single piece of wood with a minimum amount of waste.
HOME FURNITURE #12 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 32

Make an agate table top.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.34#7) pg. 1532

Leather is better! Glass-and-wicker table top insert is replaced with one of tooled leather.
LEATHER CRAFTERS & SADDLERS JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1996 (v.6#4) pg. 44, Insert

How to laminate butcher blocks for use as table tops, cutting boards or shelves.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #563 Apr 1975 (v.71) pg. 40

How to salvage used hardwood and make it into tabletops.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #639 Aug 1981 (v.77) pg. 38

Tip: How to take the warp out of a wooden table leaf.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Fall-Winter 1978 (v.9#4) pg. 4

A circular table top which attaches to a pole lamp.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1966 (v.126#4) pg. 160

Tip: How to straighten a warped table leaf.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1982 (v.157#5) pg. 49

Seven wood-joining techniques for building butcher block tops. Includes plans for a roll-around kitchen cart with two storage shelves, a utensil drawer and a butcher block top measuring 16"x36".
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1984 (v.161#9) pg. 76

The perfect flattop. How to get glued up slabs stunningly smooth. Covers planning, layout, edge preparation, dry-run clamping, glue-up, and leveling with a cabinet scraper and belt sander. Includes technique for sharpening a cabinet scraper.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #96 May 1997 (v.17#2) pg. 60

Tip on centering the top on the base of a table by premarking centerlines.
SHOPNOTES #24 Nov 1995 (v.4) pg. 29

Make a temporary round table top to expand the seating of a regular table. Top is fabricated from plywood or triple-wall cardboard.
SUNSET Nov 1980 (v.165#5) pg. 114

How to fasten end cleats to edge-joined tabletops using a sliding joint in order to prevent joint cracking as the wood expands and contracts.
WOOD MAGAZINE #74 Nov 1994 (v.11#8) pg. 12

Light up a tabletop with polyurethane. A proven process for super-smooth, durable finish that looks as good as the furniture you put it on. Includes tips on proper gluing, clamping, and sanding of a tabletop prior to applying the finish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #86 Feb 1996 (v.13#2) pg. 16

Advice on designing a tabletop with joints that won't fail due to humidity.
WOOD MAGAZINE #110 Dec 1998 (v.15#8) pg. 30

How to build a large (36"x60") flat solid-wood tabletop in 8 steps without belt sanding or special clamps.
WOOD MAGAZINE #112 Feb 1999 (v.16#1) pg. 70

How to repair veneer table tops which are chipped around the edges and have separated from the ground.
WOOD MAGAZINE #123 Apr 2000 (v.17#3) pg. 18

Tip on using adjustable shelf supports (the L-style with a pin designed to fit into 1/4" holes) to secure a tabletop to the apron.
WOOD MAGAZINE #130 Feb 2001 (v.18#1) pg. 28

Finishing techniques. How to smooth a table top and get a hand-rubbed satin sheen finish.
WOODSMITH #14 Mar 1981 pg. 9

Building a table top. Techniques for making large tabletops from narrow boards. Selecting the boards joining, gluing, clamping, and smoothing.
WOODSMITH #15 May 1981 pg. 6

Tip: Use C-clamps, angle iron and spacer blocks to glue up large table tops.
WOODSMITH #17 Sep 1981 pg. 3

Tip: When gluing up large surfaces (such as tabletops) from smaller boards, be sure to layout the boards so they can be planed easily.
WOODSMITH #23 Sep 1982 pg. 22

Tip: Cleats help prevent curling (cupping) of wooden chest tops.
WOODSMITH #38 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 23

Tip: Undercut the bottom of a top cap before fastening to a case top. This guarantees that a warped or crowned piece can be pulled down flat with no exposed gaps.
WOODSMITH #49 Feb 1987 pg. 22

Tip on centering the top of a table, case, cabinet. etc. so that there is equal overhang on opposite sides.
WOODSMITH #49 Feb 1987 pg. 23

Tip on using short pieces of slotted steel angle as attachment brackets for tabletops which expand and contract (such as butcher-block style).
WOODSMITH #75 Jun 1991 pg. 5

Tip on using biscuits to attach breadboard ends.
WOODSMITH #86 Apr 1993 (v.15) pg. 4

Tip shows how to use biscuits to fasten blocks to table aprons so the top can be secured while still allowing the wood to move.
WOODSMITH #103 Feb 1996 (v.18) pg. 5

Using breadboard ends to keep glued-up panels flat. Various attaching methods shown.
WOODSMITH #122 Apr 1999 (v.21) pg. 20

Tip on countersinking both ends of a screw hole when attaching a tabletop in order to allow the wood to move with changes in humidity.
WOODWORK #8 Winter 1990 pg. 24

Tip on making tabletop hold-down buttons from scraps of premium quality hardwood.
WOODWORK #12 Winter 1991 pg. 25
Added Info WOODWORK #13 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 20

Using a system of slot-screwing and battens to keep a tabletop flat and to provide strength without attaching it to any substructure. This eliminates the need for skirts and provides more knee room.
WOODWORK #25 Feb 1994 pg. 41

Cutting and using individual sliding dovetails to attach table tops to supporting structures. This variation on the classical Chinese method overcomes limitations of the continuous sliding dovetail.
WOODWORK #27 Jun 1994 pg. 36

Curved woodwork. Part 1. Tips on both fabricating and working with curved surfaces. Looks at circular columns, curved paneling, and the edges of curved table tops.
WOODWORKER #1014 May 1978 (v.82) pg. 217

Curved woodwork. Part 2.
WOODWORKER #1015 Jun 1978 (v.82) pg. 277

Tips on fabricating the top for a refectory table from 5 oak boards.
WOODWORKER #1046 Jan 1981 (v.85) pg. 48

Three methods for fitting solid wooden tops to tables, cabinets, sideboards, etc. (1) Pocket screws. (2) Buttons. (3) Rebated, pined and molded.
WOODWORKER #1059 Feb 1982 (v.86) pg. 102

Tip: Two methods for attaching a table top to the legs of refectory tables.
WOODWORKER #1074 May 1983 (v.87) pg. 318

Tips on attaching a top to a cabinet using wooden turn buttons.
WOODWORKER #1085 Apr 1984 (v.88) pg. 202

Tips on the proper way to go about nulling or gadrooning edges of table tops.
WOODWORKER Mar 1987 (v.91#3) pg. 232

Two methods for straightening a mahogany drop leaf which has warped in two directions.
WOODWORKER Oct 1987 (v.91#10) pg. 885

Tips on selecting, arranging and gluing up oak boards for a table top.
WOODWORKER Sep 1989 (v.93#9) pg. 839

How to stiffen a tabletop with a sliding dovetail.
WOODWORKER Feb 1993 (v.97#2) pg. 13

Shrinkage buttons. Part 1. Two methods for making the shrinkage buttons used to attach solid wood tops to carcasses to allow for natural movement. Jigs for both a table saw and a radial arm saw are described.
WOODWORKER Aug 1994 (v.98#8) pg. 69

Shrinkage buttons. Part 2. How to accurately drill and fit them
WOODWORKER Sep 1994 (v.98#9) pg. 81

Restoring antiques. How to eliminate a convex downwarp which had developed in a butcher block maple table top which had been finished only on one side.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1980 (v.4#6) pg. 9

Tip: A finishing method for table tops that's easy to do and results in an exceptionally smooth surface.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1983 (v.7#5) pg. 65

Tip: Seal the ends of tabletops, trays, cutting boards, etc. before adding "breadboard" ends in order to reduce wood movement.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.11#5) pg. 60

Making breadboard ends for a tabletop which allows for wood movement with a system of slotted holes and a mortise-and-tenon joint.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.13#1) pg. 20

Tabletop (or bar top) finishes. An overview on the selection and use of four different finishes (oil-based varnish, oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane, epoxy).
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1991 (v.15#2) pg. 30

Joining tops to tables and case pieces. A variety of fastening solutions that allow for wood movement.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1992 (v.16#4) pg. 26

Make a torsion box, the high-strength, lightweight alternative to solid wood for table or workbench tops.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1993 (v.17#1) pg. 29

New top for old table is made from plywood with Marlite covering.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1964 (v.20#3) pg. 45

Modernize your table with a plywood top and painted marble finish.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1964 (v.20#3) pg. 46

How to accurately profile the edge of a round table top. How to make a template and fence that can be clamped to the rip fence of a table saw. Use a molding head to actually cut the profile.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1977 (v.33#4) pg. 28

Slab-top tables. How to make table tops and other pieces of furniture from thick slabs of wood, finished with a thick, high-gloss plastic finish.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1978 (v.34#1) pg. 62

Repairing a split in solid-wood tabletops.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1990 (v.46#3) pg. 14

Advice on orientation of boards' growth rings and other factors to avoid warp when making a table top.
WORKBENCH Dec 1997 (v.53#6) pg. 8