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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
Technical Documents
Hardware Type Fasteners
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Great fasteners
These have worked great and for the price how can you possibly get them any where else.
April 18, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best way to hold table tops
April 13, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
These little clips work great
Very inexpensive and easy to use. The only thing I would suggest is a piece of paper in the packaging with a suggested slot distance from the tabletop you are attaching. But other than that, very effective.
April 2, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
These work very well
These fasteners are fast and easy to use with a table saw. It makes it very easy to remove to table top if you ever need to refinish it.
Table and chairs for my granddaughter.
Table and chairs for my granddaughter.
March 30, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Simple solution
Cutting a 1/8" grove into a table or chair apron simplifies the installation of a top on the project. It also allows for wood movement. I spent a lot of time making wooden fasteners to simulate these fasteners on my last project.
March 24, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Table Top Fasteners
I like them because they are easily installed, and allows for a problem free tabletop. I have been using them for several years and have not had a problem yet.
March 2, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Table Top Fastners
I've used this product on several projects they work great. The table or cabinet tops are secure and still have the ability to float as if the top expands and or contracts. I Highly recommend this product.
February 18, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great for table tops. Allows for good wood movement. Never had an issue with them.
February 14, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fast to ship! Will be a return customer, thank you!
February 5, 2019
4 months 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
4 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Prototyping clips to be used in conjunction with an aluminum track.
Steven E on May 14, 2019
Perfect for the table I’m building. Saw others use them on YouTube.
Jeff S on May 11, 2019
Prototyping clips to be used in conjunction with an aluminum track.
Steven E on May 14, 2019
First time user...I’ll let you know after I use them...
David S on May 12, 2019
Perfect for the table I’m building. Saw others use them on YouTube.
Jeff S on May 11, 2019
To secure solid wood desk top
Daniel W on May 10, 2019
Best way to attach a table top and allow for adequate wood movement
Jonathan D on May 9, 2019
Tp build the walnut sofa table these items are needed
Carl S on May 1, 2019
Because it's what my Mother's table was built with prior to 1942.
Edward F on Apr 30, 2019
Matt from 731 woodworks uses these and I wanted to give them a try.
Derek R on Apr 29, 2019
building a coffee table .
Joseph on Apr 26, 2019
Building end table from Rockler plans
Mark B on Apr 23, 2019
can't find these at my local hardware stores
Jack S on Apr 20, 2019
Easy to install, but do the job admirably.
Bidwell O on Apr 10, 2019
best price
MARYANN D on Apr 9, 2019
used many times before great product
Christine M. T on Apr 5, 2019
To attach counter top
Allen F on Mar 31, 2019
I chose these because they are perfect.
NEIL K on Mar 31, 2019
I have used them in the past and they work great
James M on Mar 27, 2019
they allow table top and carcass to move
Ken B on Mar 24, 2019
making large table
RICHARD T G on Mar 12, 2019
I needed a way for my table top to be able to expand and contract and these allow for that.
Powers T on Mar 12, 2019
Fasten a cabinet top on a three draw console cabinet I've built to go between two recliners in our "media" room.
Craig R on Mar 7, 2019
used on previous project
Dale G on Mar 5, 2019
Wish you had these available in a bulk option.
Todd H on Mar 4, 2019
Making 4 chairs to go with dining table. Need these for chair seats. I made wooden fasteners for table top.
Kenneth E on Mar 2, 2019
Bought some already......just what I need.
Denis K on Feb 28, 2019
Great product at best price.
Maria C M on Feb 26, 2019
Could not locate locally.
Donald R on Feb 25, 2019
Needed to attach table top.
Joel D on Feb 24, 2019
Used in the past and they work very well
alex s on Feb 24, 2019
I like the black enamel finish. The lip is longer then other available brands and give me more 'wiggle room' for adjustment when securing tops.
Allen Spitler on Feb 23, 2019
I have used these many times and they work great.
M A on Feb 23, 2019
After reading countless reviews, my confidence in these fasteners is high. I should receive them by the time I'm ready to use them.
Leslie F on Feb 23, 2019
Used these in the past and work great
Paul P on Feb 23, 2019
building 2 wine racks for 2 fundraisers and needed these fasteners to secure rack tops to allow seasonal wood movement
Ronald H on Feb 20, 2019
I have used them many times before and just ran out of them, they work great.
M A on Feb 20, 2019
For a farmhouse table I'm building. First project. Was told this is the way to go, to allow for expansion/contraction in wood.
Matt S on Feb 20, 2019
vincenzo a on Feb 19, 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
First time user...I’ll let you know after I use them...
David S on May 12, 2019
To secure solid wood desk top
Daniel W on May 10, 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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 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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