Building a Tabletop

Let’s face it, woodworking is full of trial and errors. We can’t improve without failing, we can’t level up without a life lesson and we certainly can’t build a seamless table top until you’ve built it hundreds of times! I’m not going to tell you that I’ve mastered it but I have learned important lessons with every warped, twisted, split, and cracked tabletop.

Most of the Oooh’s and Awe’s we receive as feedback is usually due to the table design/base but here I am standing tall because of the top! An outsider looking in would think, that’s easy.. all a table top is are flat boards joined together, right?

Here is everything I used for this demonstration:

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It doesn’t matter what shape top you are making, all the same rules apply.

Here are a few things to take into account when building a tabletop:

  • Weather- If the air has a lot of moisture in it, be prepared for movement. If the air is dry, watch out for cracks.
  • Moisture Level- Is the wood kiln dried? Get a moisture meter, I’d recommend between 6-9% is good for building.
  • Tools & Supplies- Make sure you are prepared, skipping a step may bite you later.

Now that you’ve come this far, watch the benefits of using Z-Clips while attaching your tabletop to the base!

Attaching Z-Clips

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