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Table Top Fasteners

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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
Manufacturer Part Number No
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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Table top fasteners
Used these to attach a table top to a night stand. Just create a biscuit joint cut in the vertical face board and screw the clips to the top--Voila!
August 20, 2018
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
works perfectly for a good price
easy to cut a groove in a table apron for attaching the top. Makes breaking down a table for moving a breeze.
August 11, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Solid hardware, great in a pinch
This hardware is solid. As you can see from other reviews, the measurements have changed at some point from the spec sheet. It'll be best to measure the hardware you receive and set your kerf 1/16" higher than your measurement for a good positive hold.
The included screws have a nice coarse thread for good hold. I did not require pre-drilling for the white pine tops. Be gentle and don't over-torque.
I measured out placement along the length of the apron and then aligned them by hand, bottoming them out in my apron kerf and then feeling out ~3/32" of space for the wood movement.
I used these on a batch of twelve 8' farm tables with a very tight deadline; there was not enough room to make hardwood buttons for fastening the top. After using these once, the low cost and ease of use make them a contender for future builds.
July 20, 2018
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great tabletop anchors!
Simple and STRONG. Table saw/rout in a kerf in the apron and screw it down. Eight hold great. Worth the money. Caution: screws come with it but even with countersinking, so soft that drill twisted the heads right off. Just used drywall screws I had. I'd buy again.
June 24, 2018
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Attatching Dinning Room table top to frame
The table was 7' long x 40" wide the top was solid walnut attached to a poplar frame that was painted white. I put two crossmembers in the middle of the table and used 3 fasteners to each cross rail (total of 12) you could pick up the table by its top, because the fasteners held so good.
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Added Jun 19, 2018
June 19, 2018
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked as expected hole size for hardwood would have helped,
Worked as expected
June 7, 2018
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great little accessory
Does the job well.
May 2, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works as expected
April 26, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked great. I used them to secure a 6 foot table. Very strong. I would definitely get them again
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Added Apr 16, 2018
April 16, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
really robust way to connect table top to apron
I wish I had seen these sooner. I made a sequence of small biscuit joiner cuts (smallest depth) and in 10 mins the top was joined. Additional benefit is that I can remove the tops from the apron and legs for transporting.
April 13, 2018
5 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I've ordered here for furnisher parts before.Thanks
Alan G on Aug 21, 2018
I just made a table and I need fasteners
Peter H on Aug 20, 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
Building a farm table.
Toby S on Jul 26, 2018
For a table that I built.
William S on Jul 22, 2018
I am building a farm house table out of reclaimed wood
Mark B on Jul 22, 2018
Frank S on Jul 21, 2018
Very good product!!!
mark r on Jul 8, 2018
needed them
Joseph W on Jul 4, 2018
I don't want the desk top to split.
Rodney B on Jul 3, 2018
To attach a table top and eliminate risk presented by wood movement.
Jeffrey A on Jul 2, 2018
I ordered this item because it seems simple to install and had many good reviews.
Eric K on Jul 2, 2018
I am using these fasteners to connect a tabletop to a bench from the bottom to avoid additional screw holes in the top's surface.
Richard M on Jun 28, 2018
Exactly what I need and have used before.
Paul G H on Jun 27, 2018
Easiest and surest method to fasten a tabletop.
Don T on Jun 2, 2018
Essential to allow for wood tabletop expansion
and contraction
Peter H on May 29, 2018
I've used these in the past and they are an easy and excellent way to fasten a table top to base.
Tim O on May 22, 2018
repair a table
Reid D on May 22, 2018
could not find these at the local hardware store. Of course Rockler had exactly what i wanted.
Robert M on May 15, 2018
I build custom cypress tables
Michael L on May 15, 2018
used before easy to install
gregory c on May 14, 2018
I believe this is the best product I have found to connect my tabletop to it's base.
Jeff K on May 13, 2018
I needed the clips to build a table.
Mark H on May 10, 2018
needed to finish job
John D on May 4, 2018
Right tool for the job.
Kevin M on Apr 30, 2018
'cause I needed it. :)
Bob S on Apr 23, 2018
I am building a dinning room table
Randall B on Apr 19, 2018
building table, use these to prevent wood expansion problems
William W on Apr 16, 2018
BILL S on Apr 14, 2018
Easy to install and provides for wood movement.
Edward L on Apr 9, 2018
Used them in the past for church furniture. Provides good expansion tolerances, easy to install, and I made plywood template to route the grooves with a compact router. Simple, fast, and effective.
KEN C on Apr 3, 2018
I have used these before and just needed more. They work very well.
Benny S on Apr 2, 2018
Best fasteners I could find
Javier L on Mar 31, 2018
Highly recommended
Kevin on Mar 31, 2018
to avoid splitting of solid table top
Carl E on Mar 26, 2018
It can help with my needs
Nicole D on Mar 26, 2018
I've seen these used for tables and wanted to give them a try. Looked like an easy effective way to attach a table top
Jerry C on Mar 21, 2018
The correct way to fasten the table top
Bob on Mar 19, 2018
wanted to try them
Richard T on Mar 16, 2018
I have used these in the past and they are easy to install and are effective.
Jim S on Mar 16, 2018
Can't find the3m in town and they work well.
Philip A on Mar 12, 2018
For a table top
PAUL K on Mar 9, 2018
hard to find
Steve W on Mar 5, 2018
Building some tables for personal use. Have used this product several times. They work very well.
Edward M on Feb 26, 2018
Michael S on Feb 23, 2018
These work great for my table projects.
Scott E Staff on Aug 21, 2018
Because I have a woodworking customer that needs this item
Kathy R on Aug 13, 2018
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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