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post #1 of 4 Old 11-29-2017, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Help - making a coffee table

I'm making a replica restoration hardware balustrade coffee table for the wife. I've seen a number of DIY blogs that show the process, however I find most to take cheap shortcuts (like using all pocket screws to attach join the panels) which don't account for wood movement, etc. Here's an example of the project:

I've got most of it figured out, except for the base. There are 1x6 panels attached to a frame below. If I glue the panels together, and then fasten the glued panels to the frame underneath, won't it crack over time? How would you do the base properly?

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-29-2017, 12:16 PM
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These bad boys are what I always recommend. My coffee table is sturdy enough to be lifted by the top alone (although I avoid it), but flexible enough to go with the wood movement.
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Thanks mackman - I'll definitely be using those. Would you then use them to secure the table top to the apron, and the bottom shelf to the base frame? If so, I couldn't attach the legs to the base frame, right? I'd have to attach them to the bottom shelf only?
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cross grain going on all over the place on that unit.

bottom, I would build the frame - solid. then t&g the plank edges leave about 1/16" gap between each and glue and brad them down tight.

top appears to be a (butt jointed) style and rail construction, but I can't see what's in the field. a plywood panel would be very stable could spline that, mortise and tenon grooves style and rail, to accept the panel, would be easiest I think.
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