Power-tool Joinery: Keep Your Tabletops Flat

Battens: Just one proven method to keep you on a level playing field.
By Bill Hylton
Pages: 23-25

From the August 2006 issue #156
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The best way to keep a tabletop flat is to make it flat in the first place and to attach it properly to a rigid frame, such as that formed by a leg-and-apron assembly. But not every tabletop is attached to a frame. Trestle tables, pedestal tables, even drop-leaves lack frames to stiffen the tabletops and keep them flat.

Two common constructions effectively prevent cupping of a tabletop or of individual boards in one. The first is a batten attached or joined to the underside of the tabletop. This column will show you how to do that. In my next column Iā€™ll cover the other ā€“ a breadboard end joined to each end of the top.

From the August 2006 issue #156
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