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Tabletop; must it be attached?

I have built couches, chairs, beds and more, but about to build by first kitchen table. It will be a simple table with a poplar top and standard base of 4-legs and apron. I understand that the method of attaching the top to the base must allow cross-grain movement due to expansion & contraction. If necessary (see below), I would use button fasteners or metal Z-fasteners. Without writing a book here, let me just say that the unique design of my tabletop would allow me to float the top on the base, i.e. not attach it at all. My question; is attachment of any kind necessary in regard to...--> does attachment prevent deformation over time arising from expansion and contraction? Thanks
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My question; is attachment of any kind necessary in regard to...--> does attachment prevent deformation over time arising from expansion and contraction? Thanks

Yes, it helps to prevent cupping, warping, twisting, etc...

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OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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Attaching is also a very big safety factor.

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If two boards are attached to the top on each end and made to fit tightly over the aprons on each end, this can be sufficient for a floating top. This design is similar to Campaign furniture. The top can be easily removed for transport.
If you wanted it more permanent, you can lock it into place with either hardware or dowels that can be punched through for removal.
Some split floating tops are made to expand for table leaves. Of course most table leafs float unattached except for maybe dowel pins or some type of retaining hardware.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Attaching is also a very big safety factor.

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Well bud if you don't want to get seriously hurt, you definitely need attaching. It's a given in my books
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I agree with all that has been said. I would attach it one way or another.

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