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How to attach a Table top to base

I am building a table for a friend and I am encountering a lot of firsts since i have never build a table. So my question has to do with attaching the table top to the base. there are a ton of great videos out there about this exact topic but i have a question. If you are using buttons or clips that fit into a horizontal slot on the base and then screw to the underside of the table top, should you also glue the top to the base? I am making a solid red oak table. Or, what is the best method for attaching the table top to a base? Thanks so much for the advice.
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Both my dining and kitchen tables have pocket holes.
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Donít glue. The purpose of the buttons or clips is to allow the top to move when it expands or contracts. Glue defeats this and often causes the top to split.


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I just built a table. I just placed the table top on the base and used "L" brackets to keep it in place. I was concerned about them moving the table with the base attached so that is why I used the brackets. I was thinking if buttons being used were not strong enough then they would break if it was picked up and the weight of the base was hanging on by just the buttons. Don't know if I did it right but that is how I did it.
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The L brackets may not allow movement of the top if the holes in the brackets are not oversized or elongated so that the top can move when it wants to. Also, donít tighten the screws in the top to the point that they prevent movement of the top.


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The L brackets may not allow movement of the top if the holes in the brackets are not oversized or elongated so that the top can move when it wants to. Also, donít tighten the screws in the top to the point that they prevent movement of the top.


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Thanks for the advise. I will make sure I tell that to my son-in-law. He has the table in Tennessee.
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