Tongueandgroove Blocks

This type of fastener is made from project leftovers. These blocks are attached to the tabletop with screws and have projecting tongues that engage corresponding grooves cut into the apron. The apron grooves are slightly larger than the width of the blocks, allowing for movement and preventing the tabletop from splitting.

By carefully laying out the placement of the blocks and milling properly sized grooves, a more tailored and carefully crafted appearance is achieved. The best way to cut the grooves is with a router guided by a fence bearing on the apron. Properly spaced, tongue-and-groove blocks work very well for all sizes of tabletops.

Make sure that the distance (a) is fractionally greater than (b) to ensure that the tabletop is tightly attached to the frame but still free to move.

Two blocks in three cuts. Make a cut about % in. deep in each end of a piece of wood. Next, cut perpendicular to the first cut to remove a small block of waste. The push block prevents the waste block from being thrown back when it is cut from the workpiece. Last, cut the piece in half to produce two tongue-and-groove blocks.

Two blocks in three cuts. Make a cut about % in. deep in each end of a piece of wood. Next, cut perpendicular to the first cut to remove a small block of waste. The push block prevents the waste block from being thrown back when it is cut from the workpiece. Last, cut the piece in half to produce two tongue-and-groove blocks.

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Cut the groove.

Select a straight bit slightly wider than the tongue of the block and, using a guide fence, rout a series of grooves in the apron.

Attach the blocks. The tongues of the blocks engage with the grooves in the apron. Then the blocks are screwed to the tabletop.

Tabletop

Allow space for seasonal movement.

Screw

Groove in apron

Block

Screw

Groove in apron

Tabletop

Allow space for seasonal movement.

Block

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