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Desk Top Fasteners, 8-Pack

Securely fasten wooden tops to your desks and occasional tables, while also allowing for seasonal wood movement.
Item #
21650
Rating:
86% of 100

Our figure-8 fasteners are an ideal way of attaching wooden tops to your desks and tables, while also allowing for seasonal expansion and contraction of the wood. These fasteners are made of heavy gauge steel, nearly an 1/8'' thick. Thanks to their flat bearing surfaces and circular ends, the figure-eight clips can easily pivot in their recesses when the top moves, which helps to prevent splitting. To allow for more wood movement on larger tops, they are best used in end aprons only. Each desktop fastener is countersunk for screw heads in opposing directions. Installation is easy—simply use a Forstner bit or router to create a small recess for each fastener. 12'' spacing is recommended.

(8) Desk Top Fasteners
(16) #6 x 5/8''L Flathead Screws
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 0.1500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Steel
  • Overall Dimensions: 1-3/16'' x 11/16''
  • Thickness: 7/64''
Hardware Type Fasteners
4.3 / 5.0
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Work exactly as advertised. Easy to place and use.
July 4, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
FASTENERS
I used these to fasten two tops on a pair of matching oak end tables.
I recommend insetting the one half flush with a Forstner bit and chiseling out the two edges to give the "8" room to move as the top expands and contracts with humidity.
June 18, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Out standing parts you are the ONLY place that had them and at a reasonable price. Great job.
June 18, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Figure 8
Perfect for holding a top on an entertainment center I built
June 9, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
These fasteners allowed me to fasten my table top and still allow for wood movement.
June 8, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Works as described
Pretty simple concept. Works as advertised. Used them before when attaching tops to tables and cabinets. Beats welding two washers together.
June 1, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Easy to use
Worked perfectly to fasten a solid wood cabinet top to the solid wood cabinet case
March 27, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Desktop fastners
Theyu do the job well
November 19, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good stuff
Nice, tight fit and finish.
November 4, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice product
September 30, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
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I have seen these on several youtube channels and I think they are perfect for my application.
Lucas E on Jul 6, 2020
need to hold some things together. 8 is my lucky number.
Joshua C on Jul 1, 2020
I have seen these on several youtube channels and I think they are perfect for my application.
Lucas E on Jul 6, 2020
Experimenting with which type to use for securing tops to furniture projects.
robert w on Jul 2, 2020
need to hold some things together. 8 is my lucky number.
Joshua C on Jul 1, 2020
I have used these fasteners several times they are easy to use and strong holding
larry b on Jun 29, 2020
simple means to allow for movement
William B on Jun 29, 2020
It was between these and the other ones with the slot cut out. I got both
Matthew H on Jun 4, 2020
review sounded good and after watching video it looked like the right thing fo my table
tom p on Jun 3, 2020
I'm almost out.
John G on May 28, 2020
Need them for a project.
Jim M on May 15, 2020
Easiest way to attach top to aprons of table frame
Thad L on May 13, 2020
Project specific
Marc M on May 6, 2020
Need them to attach tops to my projects.
LARRY B on May 6, 2020
Handy to have on hand
Mick on May 4, 2020
recommended by teacher
Mary R on Apr 30, 2020
Projects!
Scott M on Apr 22, 2020
Building table
Donald H on Apr 20, 2020
Making tables
Andrew W on Apr 19, 2020
I’ve built a table and need these fasteners.
James C on Apr 18, 2020
Need for fastening dresser tops
Ed S on Apr 15, 2020
After research, these fasteners seemed to be the best way to go on attaching wood tabletops. Secure attachment while allowing for expected movement.
Brian N on Apr 14, 2020
Simple, elegant solution.
William R on Apr 11, 2020
There my best choice for securing table tops.
James W on Mar 27, 2020
Popular woodworkings prairie style coffee table calls for them
peter l on Mar 27, 2020
These were called for in the plans and I decided to use them for the first time.
Ed G on Mar 26, 2020
My father used these and I have (also) found them to be easy to use and very secure.
Nathaniel H on Mar 21, 2020
To fasten a tabletop
Carter H on Mar 18, 2020
Need more.....;-)
Mark F on Mar 17, 2020
I like the fact that I can set these into a pedestal with a small forester bit and then attach easily to a desktop
Benjamin V on Mar 6, 2020
Great way to fasten legs to a top
Sam C on Mar 3, 2020
To attach the top & a bottom shelf to the Sapele sofa table I'm building for my Wife.
G L on Feb 15, 2020
building a new dinner table
Daniel T on Feb 1, 2020
Because perfect way to attach table top
Bud G on Jan 13, 2020
These are great for handling seasonal wood movement!
Kim S on Jan 7, 2020
recommended in the Woodsmith desk plan
Scott S on Jan 2, 2020
use them all the time for fastening table top to cabinet case. Very easy to use
James C on Dec 18, 2019
Corner hutch
Jerry G on Dec 8, 2019
Great way to account for wood movement when attaching large tops.
Charles R on Nov 29, 2019
i used them before and I like them
Sam N on Nov 3, 2019
Work great on table tops.
Rtstel on Nov 2, 2019
Have used these in the past, very high quality. Use them for Guitar Pedal Boards.
William B on Oct 4, 2019
These will allow inevitable movement in a wooden table top over time.
Adam Z on Sep 28, 2019
future project, narrow top
Gary M on Sep 23, 2019
My teacher, who is a professional woodworker, uses them to fasten legs to table tops and maybe other things. My table was a small one, so not sure it would work for a large table but who knows. He did say that the screws that come with the figure eights are not the best.
Anna Mae D on Sep 2, 2019
for a project
Mike M on Aug 25, 2019
Use them for stools, table top fastest slip from slots with constant use, these won’t.
Ricardo S on Aug 17, 2019
Seems to work well for a desk that I have
B S on Aug 11, 2019
Needed for current nightstand build
Mark F on Jul 29, 2019
They are just right for my needs.
Stewart B on Jul 24, 2019
My favorite way to fasten solid wood tops in place
Todd F on Jun 24, 2019
i picked them because i needed them and couldnt find them at the store
Bud G on May 9, 2019
Experimenting with which type to use for securing tops to furniture projects.
robert w on Jul 2, 2020
I have used these fasteners several times they are easy to use and strong holding
larry b on Jun 29, 2020
What is the best style of table top fastener for high humidity outdoor climates? The circle 8 style (Rockler item no. 21650) or the Z style clip (Rockler item #: 34215 )? Do any of these come in stainless steel to avoid rust?
New User U on Feb 4, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: Prefer the Desk Top fastener. Table I made was an inside table so don't know how good it would be for high humidity. Not sure if it stainless steel
Has anyone used these to secure a farmhouse table top? Top is made with 2 x and the base has 4x4 chunky legs and a 2 x 4 apron.
Claudia G on Sep 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I used them to secure the top of a flat table desk weighing about 40 lbs. If the table top is thicker than 3/4 ", using longer screws than the ones provided will strengthen the assembly considerably. Dan
Can you use these fasteners with threaded inserts and bolts so the piece can be disassembled for moving/storage?
Matthew C on Dec 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure but they worked great for hanging up a wooden coat rack. We screwed one side into the rack in line with the studs on the wall and then put screws in the studs and are able to take on and off. Hope that helps.
I have an antique secretary desk that is 100 years old. The top pulls up from the desk in the winter. Leaving a big gap. It actually pulls the screws completely out of the top. What would be safe and effective for me to use to attach the top so as not to have such movement?
Kathy M on Feb 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You must remove the top completely, to use the desktop fasteners. If you can do that then these fasteners are ideal. You can countersink the small side of the fasteners into the top rails, so the top will fit flush, to the rails
Is there an instruction sheet to attach fasteners?
kathy s on Oct 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: On the web page for this product on Rockler's website you will find a technical download PHF on the right hand side just a little way down the page
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