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Table Top Fasteners

Provides sturdy connection between tabletop and apron.
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94% of 100

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
4.7 / 5.0
207 Reviews
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Work perfectly!
I used to make my own fasteners to attach table tops to their bases. Once I tried these table top fasteners, I will use nothing else. It's easy to make the groove in the aprons on the table saw, and the fasteners fit perfectly.
January 25, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Little clips good quality great prices
Received timely, product as described- great quality.
December 26, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really work well
December 16, 2019
2 months ago
Table Top Fasteners
Sturdy hardware. Easy installation. Holding the table top well!
December 15, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
great fasteners
These fasteners work VERY well
December 11, 2019
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked great for me!
Worked great on a very old mid century dinning room table that came without clips or screws but holes where they should have been. I will mention the clips are not at 90° angles but more like 100° angles stretching the hole out further from the rail then if at right angles.
December 7, 2019
2 months ago
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wish I knew about these fasteners sooner. they worked great for a heavy, thic tabletop.
December 5, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Clips worked well, just what was needed to secure top to dresser.
November 30, 2019
2 months ago
As advertised great product
Worked great, just what I needed !
Cedar deck table showing how the clips work.
Cedar deck table showing how the clips work.
October 22, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Buy
Worked like a charm only way I'll be fastening my table tops now
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October 20, 2019
3 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Needed to build a kitchen table.
Michael A on Jan 23, 2020
Used previously with good success.
Linn Z on Jan 17, 2020
Needed to build a kitchen table.
Michael A on Jan 23, 2020
Used these before and they work well.
Brock W on Jan 20, 2020
Used previously with good success.
Linn Z on Jan 17, 2020
Used them on my last table and they were easy to install and I like them better than the figure 8 type.
Gale S on Jan 8, 2020
Lake the price
Rick T on Jan 6, 2020
working on table project
BRUCE F on Jan 5, 2020
I have never used these but the plans called for them. They have good reviews
Russell C on Jan 5, 2020
recommended by friend
Russell K on Jan 4, 2020
have used a number of packages in past, work very well
LARRY L on Jan 1, 2020
Building kitchen table
Drew S on Dec 30, 2019
Ordered them before
Sally H on Dec 30, 2019
It’s cool
Robert S on Dec 23, 2019
I’m building a 4’x4’ oak table and will attach the “skirts” with these.
Bryan B on Dec 21, 2019
This is the easiest method to attach a table top to the apron system. <br />I have made wooden clips before but this is a no brainer.
Charles C on Dec 18, 2019
I'm building a table
Stephen R on Dec 9, 2019
Building a dining room table.
Jonathan W on Dec 9, 2019
A perfect, effective method for attaching table tops to bases. We cut out slots with a biscuit joiner. Clean, quick and efficient!
David B on Dec 5, 2019
Review several this looks to be the best way for my project. Farm table
Tom B on Nov 27, 2019
Obvious choice for application
Nancy E on Nov 25, 2019
I needed them
steve p on Nov 21, 2019
Used many times
Paul R on Nov 18, 2019
Nick D on Nov 17, 2019
Fastening tops on plant stands.
William H on Nov 13, 2019
fasten top to skirt
Joe B on Nov 11, 2019
Must have something to attach the table top to the frame.
Harlan E on Nov 7, 2019
Just want to ensure the tabletop will not split or warp in some fashion.
ROGER K on Nov 7, 2019
Efficient and good price
Dave on Oct 30, 2019
Best choice for attaching tabletops
Ryan B on Oct 27, 2019
Building a new table.
Ralph G on Oct 15, 2019
A good solution for securing a table top to aprons while allowing for wood movement.
Scott M on Oct 11, 2019
I purchased and used on several other projects. They work great.
Larry S on Oct 8, 2019
Stabilize my table top
Z A on Oct 7, 2019
They work
Donna L on Sep 25, 2019
current project, wide top
Gary M on Sep 23, 2019
Fasten a tabletop to cradle to allow for expansion.
Jerry S on Sep 12, 2019
Building desk for wife looks to be a good option for attaching top.
Brad F on Sep 3, 2019
Because after looking else ware, I decided to buy here again due to availability and reputation. Not my first purchase from here and surely NOT my last.<br />If you need something, just come here. They seem to have everything you need for your woodworking pleasure.<br />Thanks Rockler, you guys are great !
Larry W on Aug 31, 2019
I have used this item on tables and benches for ten years and I like the fact tha these are in packs of ten.
Dick S on Aug 30, 2019
live edge table build
Samuel L on Aug 29, 2019
I have bought these from you before and they work great.
Jay T on Aug 29, 2019
Our dining table was missing 7 of these so perfect match. Now which big-box store sells this? Glad you are there.
bruce h on Aug 17, 2019
your web site is user friendly.
Ron J on Aug 14, 2019
I have used these before and worked well.
Frank on Aug 12, 2019
Can't wait to get these and get my table together.
Stacie S on Aug 12, 2019
i use these quite often for attaching table tops to cases. excellent product!
Bruce S on Aug 12, 2019
Need foe current project. I have used them before and liked them.
B R on Aug 12, 2019
Current job has this hardware, want to add for more reinforcement.
Mark B on Jul 30, 2019
it's what I need and I can also count on Rockler to come through with the best
James D on Jul 29, 2019
lazy-didn't want to make them
tryk on Jul 20, 2019
John S on Jul 18, 2019
Used these before and they work well.
Brock W on Jan 20, 2020
Used them on my last table and they were easy to install and I like them better than the figure 8 type.
Gale S on Jan 8, 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 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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