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Table Top Fasteners

Provides sturdy connection between tabletop and apron.
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These Table Top Fasteners provide a sturdy connection between the tabletop and apron, while still allowing the top to expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes. This prevents cracks from forming over time. The table clips slip neatly into a groove in the apron and attach to the tabletop with a single screw-simple, efficient and strong. Heavy gauge steel ensures a sturdy connection. Tabletop fasteners are screwed to underside of table and hook into a 3/32" slot on the apron, which allows for expansion and contraction of tabletop. Table top clips are made of extra heavy #A gauge cold rolled steel with a bright steel finish.

(8) Table Top Fasteners and screws
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Brand Rockler
Weight 0.2000
Tech Spec
  • Each tabletop fastener measures 5/8" W x 1-1/4" L
Hardware Type Fasteners
4.6 / 5.0
231 Reviews
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Worked great. Will definitely buy again
July 7, 2020
1 month ago
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I love them. Theyt are just what I need. Thank you]
July 1, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Table top fasteners
Fits in the kerf of a standard table saw blade.
Repurposed linoleum table from a salvage store.
Repurposed linoleum table from a salvage store.
June 28, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Product works well.
June 26, 2020
1 month ago
Excellent Hardware
Sturdy and used the screws provided. All it could be.. I used under a bench project.
June 24, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great for holding table top down. Highly recommend
June 8, 2020
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
These fit my need.
Works as intended, and enabled me to complete my project.
June 2, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good quality table top fasteners
The fasteners work exactly as specified. Have been used for building a new table and all went fine. It helped to have a good biscuit cutter for the slots.
May 30, 2020
2 months ago
Worked perfect for the barnwood table I had made
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May 28, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to use
I use these for all my table tops. Very easy to cut a saw curf on the sides, then screw into the tops.
April 20, 2020
3 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Experimenting with which type to use for securing tops to furniture projects.
robert w on Jul 2, 2020
quality assurance
Matthew S on Jun 29, 2020
Experimenting with which type to use for securing tops to furniture projects.
robert w on Jul 2, 2020
Appears to be the fastest and easiest method to attach my first table top
Rick on Jun 30, 2020
quality assurance
Matthew S on Jun 29, 2020
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Patrick B on Jun 28, 2020
I've never use this type of fastener and I wanted to try these.
Paul R on Jun 24, 2020
hold down super dust deputy
Carl H on Jun 22, 2020
previously purchase. worked well
john P on Jun 20, 2020
Hold the top down on the end tables I am building
MIKE R on Jun 16, 2020
because i need it to hold the top to the base.
Randy H on Jun 11, 2020
only place close to where I live that has this item.
James A on Jun 10, 2020
To finish a desk project
Scott T on Jun 10, 2020
Hanging a custom 24" Round Stained glass mounted in a 12 sided oak frame that mounts with these in an octagon box to light up with LED's.
Dennis on Jun 9, 2020
It was between these and the figure 8 fasteners. I got both
Matthew H on Jun 4, 2020
christine G on May 30, 2020
because I was supposed to be able to get 15% off based on promotion code 11j032B, but your website would not accept any promotion codes. That kind fo service does not make me happy.
Charles O on May 29, 2020
Easy and fast.
John H on May 28, 2020
Best for large tops
Derrick W on May 27, 2020
used these before with success
Pica A on May 25, 2020
Fastening the Desk top to the base.
Kacey M on May 23, 2020
need for project
Terry T on May 20, 2020
Couldn't find locally.
Gary T on May 17, 2020
Need them for a project.
Jim M on May 15, 2020
For a work bench top with multiple planks -- to allow for expansion due to seasonal moisture.
Kirk R on May 15, 2020
Excellent way to attach table top to apron.
Allan S on May 13, 2020
I have used them before, and they worked great.
Brian L on May 12, 2020
need more and I like the ones that Rockler sells
Al G on May 11, 2020
I seen them on 731 woodworking.
Brad Gregory O on May 11, 2020
I seen a wood working show 731 woodworks using them
Tony L on May 8, 2020
Needed to complete project
S L on May 5, 2020
I did not want to make buttons as I don't have the appropriate tools.
David B on May 5, 2020
Plan called for this item.
Roger L on May 5, 2020
A fellow woodworker uses these for his table tops to account of horizontal expansion. He highly recommended.
Peter T on May 4, 2020
Good to have on hand
Mick on May 4, 2020
These fasteners are tried and proven for the task at hand
henry b on May 3, 2020
The price is good and Rockler has always had quality supplies so when looking for a new way to attach table tops I went to Rockler first.
Justin G on May 1, 2020
I'm restoring an oak table with a linoleum top that I got from a salvage store.
Leonard C on Apr 29, 2020
have an old table that requires these type of fasteners
James G on Apr 28, 2020
Need them
Michael F on Apr 27, 2020
I have used on several projects and they are easy to use and hold the top really well
Melissa K on Apr 26, 2020
For my project
Lance W on Apr 26, 2020
Scott M on Apr 22, 2020
Needed to attach the table top to my cabinet that I'm building
ddixon on Apr 21, 2020
These are best way to fasten solid wood table top to base as they allow for wood movement.
Thomas H on Apr 20, 2020
used them for years.
Duey M on Apr 20, 2020
This is a hard to find item, but very necessary if you want your solid wood table top to be able to move with variations in humidity and temperature. I started using these many tables ago and have been happy with the results.
Buddy on Apr 18, 2020
My husband makes a lot of tables for children and uses these to secure the top to the frame.
Janice A. L on Apr 17, 2020
Work really well at securing tops to furniture pieces and allow the wood to still naturally move.
Matt S on Apr 15, 2020
Simple, effective way to fasten a table top.
Douglas K on Apr 14, 2020
Great product to fasten wood table top to framework with the added advantage of allowing the wood top to expand and move slightly with humidity changes without cracking the wood.
Don T on Apr 10, 2020
Why not? Wood movement is always something you have to worry about and seen so many videos from wood workers that use this and swear to this.
eli c on Apr 7, 2020
Appears to be the fastest and easiest method to attach my first table top
Rick on Jun 30, 2020
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Patrick B on Jun 28, 2020
How far from the top of the apron should the dado be cut for the fasteners to be inserted?
Austin K on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: While the clip is designed for 1/2 inch (8/16) from top, I make the dado 9/16 from the top of apron to keep the tabletop nice and tight against it. Made about 10 tables and a desk this way and have no problems with wood movement, i.e. no cracks. Table tops have been, walnut, cherry and birds eye maple. Legs mostly cherry. Good luck.
How far apart should you space these?
Michael T on Jan 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 8-10 inches apart is recommended per the Rocker tech sheet
Can you still use pocket holes to connect the table top boards together without it causing cracking? Using this product on the perimeter?
Mike9th on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes! You make a slot 1/4 inch down from the top of the frame and these fasteners mount to the table top at one end. Then the other end sits in the slot on the frame boards so that the top can expand and contract without stress. Be sure to put the fasteners on the inside of the frame so they remain out of sight!
How far from the top of the apron to the slot?
James E on Jun 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The bracket is 1/2 inch from the top of the apron to the slot. I make my slot 9/16 from the top of apron to insure a very tight fit. I have made 20 tables with multiple wood types using this bracket with no problems, i.e. no cracking due to wood movement. Best, Bill
How do you create the groove for the fastener?
NewToThis on Dec 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can do it several ways, you can use a table saw, biscuit joiner, router, circular saw etc. I used my table saw.
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
How deep do you make the grooves? IF you put them on the apron on the sides (not the ends) of the table, how do they allow for movement unless the slot is cut deeper than the fastener?
ron S on Oct 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe the manufacturer recommends a 1/4 inch deep groove. Place the fastener so that there is about 1/16 inch of free space between the end of the fastener and the bottom of the groove. This way the top can expand and contract without cracking or buckling.
So if I use these to attach a table top will the customer be able to pick the table by the ends and move it without fear of the table top coming off the frame? Or flip the table sideways to fit it through a a doorway, etc?
Andrew R on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't believe the fastener is the real issue at hand. It would be the weight of the table and the screws used. Also a big factor is if the holes were oversized or split because of not predrilling will weaken the security of the fastener. Lastly the type of wood will play a huge part.. something soft like pine may not hold as well as a hardwood. If you had a large amount of the fasteners I myself would not be concerned, if a few on each end... I wouldn't trust it. I wouldn't fear the z clips bending at all, especially sideways.. best of luck
What size freud router bit as shown in " frequently bought together " would you use with plunge router to install the table top fasteners?
Scott M on Jun 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The instructions call for a slot that is 3/32" wide x 5/16" deep but you can certainly make the groove a little wider. Something like an 1/8" wide like item #48003. If the table is not put together yet, you can always use a table saw to make the groove as well.
How long are the screws? I have a 1/2 table top (but I haven't planed it yet)
William H on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I just measured a few spares. The screws are 5/8 inch long from the bottom of the head. The bracket is 1/16 inch thick. You cannot use this bracket with 1/2 inch top, 1/16 inch too long. You could buy shorter screws!
Brackets work fine, I have used them on 10 tables with not problems...3/4 inch tops.
Is this steel outdoor rated? I want to use this clip in an outdoor project that will be exposed to harsh cold, wet, and wintery conditions.
baaland on Dec 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Although I can't say for sure, these clips appeared to be made of basic steel. They did not appear to have any other coating that would protect them from an outdoor environment. That being said, they were great for fastening my table top to the table frame.
The fastener datasheet indicates the distance from the apron to the center of the drilled hole should be 9/16 however I believe it should be 11/16 or the slot needs to be cut deeper. As the diagram is, you're allowing 1 3/16" of room for a fastener that is 1 1/4". Am I missing something?
Jeff R. on Aug 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I agree that the datasheet is incorrect. I don't think that the datasheet was available when I used these fasteners.

My suggestion is that you not try to measure to find the location of the mounting screws. After creating the slot, turn the table upside down. Position the base on the table top where you want it and clamp or otherwise secure it in place. Then position the fasteners, making sure that they do not bottom our in the slot so that the top can move. Mark the centers of the holes, drill the holes (don't drill through your top!) and install the fasteners with the screws.

I like these very much.
I'm building a 40"x96" Fancy X Farmhouse Table based on plans that are readily available on line. I'm concerned about table top cracking and I'd like to know how to attach the top securely. Which fastener would you recommend and where and how many should be installed? Just at the ends or also along the center support? On one or both sides of the center support?
Michael S on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Do not glue top to base because that would not allow expansion and contraction with seasonal changes. I've used "table top fasteners" and have had no cracking problems because they allow some give for expansion and contraction. Install all around both the ends and both sides, but not the center support.
How far into the groove do you seat the clip? If it is a less humid time of year - I'm guessing you seat it in not all of the way so that the table can expand and clips can move deeper into the groove when it is more humid and wood expands? And conversely, if it is a more humid time of year you seat the clip tight into the groove so that when the wood contracts the clip has room to pull out a bit without falling out?
Julie B on Nov 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I left an 1/8 inch of the clip out on the side that will expand and all the way in on the ends .
How much weight will these clips hold if spaced out every ten inches on a 3 1/2' x 8' table? How many clips come in a pack?
Jarred L on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Used them on a 3 and a half by 8 and a half foot table but I only put them on the cross pieces to allow the table to expand. I only used one pack and they hold great. My table top is solid cherry so it's very hard. I think the strength of the wood is more important than the brackets. The brackets are very strong. I believe there were 8 clips in a pack.
If mlm clips are only to be installed on 2 sides of top, parallel to grain, why do gallery photos show clips attaching top to apron on four sides?
Jeff F on May 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The clips should be installed on the 'end grain' ends of the top to allow for expansion/contraction of the top, which will be mostly across the grain. The gallery photos are from customers showing how they used the product. They are not Rockler generated images.
If i use metal brackets for removable legs would the aprons need to be permanently attached to the table top or are the clips enough?
Robert S on May 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The clips should provide enough strength to hold the top top to the apron.
I’m building a table out of white oak. The tabletop will be roughly 3.5’ x 7.5’. The tabletop itself is 1 3/4” thick. Would these be sufficient for a table that heavy?
Chris P on Oct 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: As much as I like uses the table top clips, your table top is ,in my opinion, to heavy. I would in stall at least three cross braces and mount the top to them. Also I would install recessed screw holes in the skirt to attach the top. This should keep the top from warping. This was the method I used for a farm table that I built for my daughter.
Why do you not offer in boxes of 100?
Charles L on Mar 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Since the beginning of 2017 I have made two coffee tables, i side table, i 4 foot square kitchen table and am now completing two 30 by 60 tables. Only the first three use the fasteners as the last three have removable legs where the apron are attached permanently to the top. I buy only the amount of hardware I need for the projects I am working on.
Also, do you think uses these clips is necessary when doing night stands using 2x4's as the top?
Budget Builder on Feb 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Since there can be considerable seasonal movement in your top, the clips allow for this movement. Also you mention using 2/4 for your top, typical pine 2/4 for the lumber yard or home store is only SD(surface dry) thus subject to extreme movement since your night stand will be indoors. Good luck with you project.
If I butt the rounded edges of my table top planks together and pocket hole screw them together, use the z clips around the perimeter and middle support, will this eliminate twisting, bowing and cracking?
Budget Builder on Feb 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We use biscuits and strong wood glue between the plank. Its important to make sure your plank are very dry and acclimated before gluing up your top. We generally lay them out with a fan blowing on them to make sure they don't have any moisture, but kiln dried wood would be great! Also - be sure to alternate end grain direction on your plank when laying out the table. This will ensure the finished top does not bow as the grains will be working against each other to keep the top straight. We use the clips to attach the top to the aprons to give the top room to flex as it expands and contracts.
how do I place an order on line ?
Robert R on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can go to ... and the Rockler item number I bought was 34215
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