Tabletop Wood Movement Explained

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Wood movement can be a terrible frustration. There’s nothing like seeing your table top warp over time after you worked so hard on it. However, if you know that wood movement is an issue and that it actually does happen, then you can plan for it and prevent many problems associated with seasonal wood movement.

It’s helpful to know the different types of wood movement such as cupping, warping, expansion, contraction, and twisting.
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Fastener Storage Shelf 015

Today I am making a decently large shelf to organize the screws, nails and other fasteners that I have laying around the shop. I am using recycled plywood and dados to build this.

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Fastener Shelf

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Highpoint Fasteners Presented by Woodcraft

Extra Torque (XT) means just that! Commonly available screws will actually break around 25-30 inch/lbs. While that may be fine for drywall or other light duty applications, woodworking demands something better. HIGHPOINT™ Extra Torque Woodworking screws are engineered for tough applications and offer almost twice the torque values of other screws! Special attention is given to design as well as the heat treating process to produce one tough screw!
With a super sharp point and deep, biting threads, these screws will cut their way into just about any common hardwood you will use.
There are many advantages of a Square Drive design. Bits are less likely to jump out of the recess and allow you to use more driving torque. Square Drive offers a positive stick-fit which tends to stay on screwdriver bit tip, which is handy starting screws overhead or from other difficult angles. The positive fit means your bits will last longer and you are less likely to damage the screw. If you have driven screws that fall off the bit then you understand what we mean!
Yellow Zinc plating gives these screws a golden color that resembles brass and provides a moderate amount of corrosion resistance but they are recommended for interior applications. Not recommended for use in ACQ® treated lumber.
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Home Maintenance Tips : How to Pre-Drill for Fasteners

Sometimes even careful hammering or screwing can crack wood. Prevent cracks by pre-drilling wood with instruction from an experienced remodeler in this free video on how to pre-drill for fasteners.

Expert: Chris Palmer
Bio: Chris Palmer brings his experience as a residential remodeler to a wide range of home improvement projects, including bathrooms, kitchens, carpentry and cabinet making.
Filmmaker: John Baldino

Series Description: Tackle home repairs and improvement projects with detailed instructions from a professional. Master mitering, woodworking, wiring electrical lights, and more in this free video series on home maintenance.
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Build It | Reclaimed Coffee Table

Build It | Reclaimed Coffee Table

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor create a popular type of coffee table out of reclaimed oak wood.

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Shopping List for How to Build a Reclaimed Coffee Table:
– Reclaimed oak wood
– 2 4x4s
– 2 2x6s
– 2 2x10s
– Pocket screws
– Wood glue
– Table top fasteners

Tools List for How to Build a Reclaimed Coffee Table:
– Miter saw
– Track saw
Table saw
– Power drill
– Spade bit
– Clamps
– Pocket screw jig
– Jigsaw
– Router with roundover bit
– Hammer

Steps for How to Build a Reclaimed Coffee Table:
1. Cut all of the boards to desired length using a miter saw.
2. Use a track saw to true up the edges of the 2×10 pieces, then rip the width on a table saw.
3. Using wood glue, glue three of the 2×10 pieces to form the tabletop.
4. Clamp the pieces together and wait an hour for the glue to set up.
5. After the glue has cured, remove the tabletop assembly from the clamps, and square up the edges of the tabletop using a track saw.
6. To measure for the length of the apron, place two leg pieces together at the edge of the tabletop. Lay out the long apron piece and mark where the excess comes over the edge of the tabletop.
7. Repeat the same step for the other three sides and trim marked apron pieces with a miter saw.
8. Use a pocket screw jig to drill slots on both edges of all four pieces of the apron.
9. Take two pieces of scrap wood from the tabletop and use them as a gauge block to set the height of the apron on the legs.
10. Use a clamp to secure everything and then attach the legs to the apron pieces using pocket screws.
11. Continue with this same process for the additional legs and apron pieces.
12. Place the assembly of apron and legs on the underside of the tabletop. Trace the edges of the legs and cut out those corners using a jigsaw.
13. Smooth over the edges of the tabletop using a router with a roundover bit.
14. Using a spade bit, drill into the apron pieces about half an inch deep and attach one side of the table top fasteners. This is done to allow the wood to expand and contract once the tabletop is attached.
15. Flip the leg/apron assembly on top of the facedown tabletop. You may have to pound the tabletop into the assembly using a hammer.
16. Attach the tabletop to the leg/apron assembly by inserting screws into the fasteners previously installed in the apron.
17. Sand the piece and finish with a Danish oil or a paste wax.

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Tite Joint Fasteners from Rockler

I use Tite Joint Fastners from Rockler for my machete ladder. I wanted an easy way to breakdown and transport my machete ladder and also have it stay sturdy all night on stage. I also wanted to continuously break down and put together the ladder and keep its durability.

I think these Tite Joint fasteners are supposed to be used with joining countertops. But they seem to fit in wonderfully for stage design.

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#TheHillmanGroup Wood Fasteners Overview: By John Young of the Weekend Handyman

#TheHillmanGroup Wood Fasteners Overview: By John Young of the Weekend Handyman

Bob and John look at a variety of wood fasteners (deck, drywall, wood screws) and the best application for each fastener.
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Wood thread inserts

Wood thread inserts are very useful as they can be tightened and loosened an unlimited amount of times. If you tighten and loosen a normal wood screw eventually it will enlarge the hole and will not grip as well, by using thread inserts you can overcome this problem. The wood thread inserts are also self-cutting so you simply drill the correct size hole and the insert will cut its own thread when it is screwed into position. Wood thread inserts can also be used when fixing to the edge of another piece of timber, making them extremely useful. In this video we demonstrate how to use them using a Trend wood thread insert. Brought to you by