How To Attach an Apron to a Table Top

For weekend warriors who are avid do-it-yourselfers, the challenge of making their own furniture is often too hard to resist. One of the simplest types of furniture that anyone can make is a basic table. With the right set of tools, woodwork can be a very fruitful and fulfilling pastime. Knowing the type of wood that would be best for building a table is an important consideration when building your own table. Oak, cedar, and chestnut are some of the most popular types of wood that are used for woodworking, and for building tables in particular. Knowing the characteristics of the wood that you will be working with will certainly aid you in making a sturdy, aesthetically pleasing table.

One very important thing to keep in mind when working with a relatively large slab of wood, such as the top of your table, is that wood tends to expand and contract repeatedly, depending on the season and the humidity in your particular area. Take note, however, that this contraction and expansion only happens across the grain of the wood, and not along the length of the wood. This bit of information will come in handy when you are ready to attach the tabletop to the rest of the pieces.

Keeping these things in mind, here are the steps on how to attach an apron to the tabletop:

  1. Make your measurements. As with all other woodworking projects, the very important first step is always making your measurements. Place your tabletop wood onto your work area, and dust the wood. Determine how far or near the edge of the tabletop you would prefer your apron to be. Once you have decided on the location of the apron, take a t-square or combination square and measure out the specifications on all four sides of the tabletop. Typically, around 2 inches from each side should do the trick. If you are making a bigger table in particular, make sure to make the markings at least two to three times along each side, at intervals, to ensure that the alignment of the aprons will be accurate once it is time to attach them to the table top. Using a combination square will make this easier for you, as you can simply set the device to 2 inches, put it along the edge of one side of the table, take the tip of your pencil and place it against the edge of the t-square. From here, it’s a simple matter of rolling the t-square down with the pencil to make a neat, straight line.
  2. Measure your lines. Once you have made your guide lines for the apron, the next step is to measure each line and take note of the measurements. This will ensure that your apron wood will fit perfectly onto the space that you have provided for it at the bottom of the tabletop. Using a tape measure is the easiest way to do this.
  3. Cut out apron pieces. Be sure to measure them properly.
  4. Align the apron pieces. Once your apron pieces are cut out, align them on the guidelines that you have drawn onto the tabletop.
  5. Attach apron pieces. Using basic angle irons and Phillips screws, attach the apron pieces into place at the bottom of the table. Using a power drill for this step helps a lot in terms of securing the apron in place.

Attaching the apron to the bottom of the table is a crucial step in making a sturdy table.


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