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Provides sturdy connection between tabletop and apron.

Table Top Fasteners

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Table Top Fasteners Simple Tips on Making a Tabletop from Wood | Patrick Hosey
Table Top Fasteners

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
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Hardware Type Fasteners
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Works great for table tops. Allows for good wood movement. Never had an issue with them.
February 14, 2019
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fast to ship! Will be a return customer, thank you!
February 5, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
table top fasteners
after doing some research I decided these would meet my needs nicely. I attached a bench top to the base and needed to allow for wood movement. It was so easy to use that I made another bench and used the same fasteners.
February 1, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Same great product for years
These are the same dimensions as they’ve been for years, which is nice. I don’t have to change a thing from project to project, and they just work great.
January 31, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked great
Great little fastener that really secured the top to the apron.
January 5, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good buy
Good product that works just like intended.
December 28, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Clips great screws are cheap
Pretty simple. It does help to have a slightly greater than 90 degree angle so that it can tighten down as the screw tightens. I did have 2 screw heads strip off so I don’t think the included screws are very high quality
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December 24, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Table top fasteners
Used these for several projects. Work great
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December 22, 2018
2 months ago
I use these all the time when ever a top or shelves are required.
December 5, 2018
3 months ago
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works well
December 4, 2018
3 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
What I needed for my project.
leonard C on Feb 16, 2019
Easy to use.
Richard w on Feb 13, 2019
What I needed for my project.
leonard C on Feb 16, 2019
used them before ,they work great
James Grant I on Feb 14, 2019
Easy to use.
Richard w on Feb 13, 2019
This is the correct way to attach a tabletop that might expand and contract over time.
Kristopher D on Feb 11, 2019
Great for moving wood.
Jose S on Feb 11, 2019
Recommendations online from other woodworkers. Have used before and work great, easy to install.
KevinP on Feb 11, 2019
Need to attach a table top to a base
Jeffrey M. L on Feb 10, 2019
An easy method of floating a table top
Greg M on Feb 9, 2019
to secure table top on outdoor table and prevent issues with swelling and shrinkage
Louis S on Feb 6, 2019
easy way to attach a table top on nightstands or anything else for that matter
Mark H on Feb 5, 2019
Building four tables.
Harry F on Jan 28, 2019
Need them for a desk project I'm working on.
John M on Jan 26, 2019
making table
Domenico J on Jan 18, 2019
Can’t find these at hardware stores.
James N on Jan 15, 2019
I have used these fasteners before so I have another project I'm working on and these fasteners will do fine.
Milton G on Jan 5, 2019
Used these before, and they work well. Won't find these at a big box store or most hardware stores.
TomCat on Jan 5, 2019
I chose these table top fasteners to control expansion.
Franklin B on Jan 2, 2019
Very good product. We use mostly cypress wood and the far tenders allow for expansion and contraction with temperature change, they are excellent.
cleve r on Jan 1, 2019
Thought they would be good to have on hand for future projects.
Mary L on Dec 28, 2018
self describing
chris g on Dec 28, 2018
Used before works great.
Brian B on Dec 19, 2018
I’ve used these fasteners on a couple of tables.and I absolutely love them. They give the top the ability to move and yet secure the top.
Mike M on Dec 18, 2018
Makes installing table tops easy
Kenneth J on Dec 15, 2018
They looked stronger then most I’ve seen
Matthew Z on Dec 13, 2018
I needed them to complete a project
Daniel L on Dec 13, 2018
This is exactly what I needed. Thanks.
mohamad j on Dec 9, 2018
saw these fasteners used on some on-line videos and have some projects lined up that could use them
Michael B on Dec 4, 2018
I'm curious about how to use these, and I love having little metal bits around the shop for random projects.
MICHAEL L on Nov 30, 2018
I have used these before and just needed to add more to my inventory.
Benny S on Nov 28, 2018
Always use these fasteners. They work perfect for my tables.
Randy T on Nov 27, 2018
Used them many times and they worked well.
Roger J on Nov 27, 2018
needed it
timothy h on Nov 27, 2018
These work great and are simple to install for attaching table tops to table skirts.
terry w on Nov 26, 2018
Easy Installation and never had an issue with the table cracking
Ashley w on Nov 26, 2018
Used Before
Ron M on Nov 26, 2018
Need them for dresser
Joel K on Nov 25, 2018
Hard to find locally, thanks Rocker.
Anita C on Nov 22, 2018
These are the best choice for your wood tops to allow movement.
Daniel G on Nov 21, 2018
These fasteners enable me to attach a table top without restricting its movement with climate changes.
Kimberly M on Nov 15, 2018
I used these fastners on every table I’ve made and they are an excellent choice, especially if you need to remove the top for any reason.
Linda W on Nov 11, 2018
Making a workbench and these are great fasteners
Heidi M on Nov 2, 2018
Used them many times before ,and they really work well for fastening tops , on all types of tables ,candle stands etc.
Gary S on Oct 10, 2018
I've ordered here for furnisher parts before.Thanks
Alan G on Aug 21, 2018
These work great for my table projects.
Scott E Staff on Aug 21, 2018
I just made a table and I need fasteners
Peter H on Aug 20, 2018
Because I have a woodworking customer that needs this item
Kathy R on Aug 13, 2018
Because the local big box stores don't stock them. Besides, these are the best fasterner's to use when attaching any table top to its carcass, preventing future cracking or splitting to the table top over time from movement.
KRIS E on Aug 13, 2018
Building Tables
James D on Aug 7, 2018
For a table that I'm building
Jim W on Jul 31, 2018
I just made a small table out of walnut and will attach the top with these.
John M on Jul 31, 2018
used them before ,they work great
James Grant I on Feb 14, 2019
This is the correct way to attach a tabletop that might expand and contract over time.
Kristopher D on Feb 11, 2019
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?
Richard P 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 usually cut a continuous 3/8 " deep, at least, groove with a thin kerf blade on the tablesaw, top inside of the apron. Haven't split a top or had any fasteners pull out of the groove yet. Done a bunch of them this way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
how do I place an order on line ?
Robert R on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can go to http://www.rockler.com/table-top-fasteners ... and the Rockler item number I bought was 34215
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