FREE – Pull Your Top Down

~Pull_Top_Down_OnlineOpenerIn the past 150 years the building of furniture has changed. Not the designs. Yes, during those years we’ve travelled through Victorian (a period that few woodworkers even acknowledge let alone reproduce), Arts & Crafts (including Stickley, Greene & Greene and Mackintosh), and contemporary designs (Esherick, Maloof and Krenov), but for the most part, designs brought forth during the times of Chippendale, Queen Anne, Federal and Shaker continue to stand strong.

What about joinery? It hasn’t changed much either. Mortise and tenons and dovetails are still considered the best techniques to join wood.

What have made the biggest changes to furniture making are the wood … and today’s HVAC … and how the two interact.

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4 thoughts on “FREE – Pull Your Top Down

  1. with the top moving front to back I can understand putting the clips along the sides of the table
    but how does that force the movement towards the rear of the table?

    1. Leo,
      The method that I generally use is to screw the top to the front rail and use clips along the sides and back. Screws hold the top in position at the front thus forcing movement toward the back. Clips used all around would now direct movement at all.

  2. As long as you are going through the effort of minimizing expansion stresses, why not also use a wood screw with a pan, round washer, or truss head? Oversize the clip hole diameter slightly (around the screw shank) and allow the clip to move a bit while holding the top down.

    1. Your suggestion would be great if it were put into use without the wooden clips. With the clips, over-sizing the hole and using washer or truss head would be like wearing belts and suspenders – no reason you cannot do so, but it’s extra work just in case.

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