Corner Plates

KNOCK-DOWN JOINTS

Knockdown Fitting Corner Plate

1 Preparing the rails

Cut the rails to length. Calculate the flange-slot positions from the size of the legs and plates, and draw squared guide lines across the rails. Cut the slots to the required depth, and screw the plates to the rails.

Pressed-metal corner plates form demountable joints between table legs and rails. The flanges are located in shallow slots cut across the inside of each rail, and the plate is held in place by wood-screws. A threaded hanger bolt, screwed into a chamfer planed on the inner corner of the leg, is fixed to the plate with a wing nut. Tightening the nut pulls the leg hard tip against the square-cut shoulders of the rails.

KNOCK-DOWN JOINTS

Hanger Bolt With Wingnuts

Inserting hanger bolts

Fit two hexagonal nuts on a bolt and lock them together by turning them in opposite directions with a pair of spanners. Drive the bolt into a pilot hole drilled in the leg, using one spanner located on the nuts. When the bolt is fully in place, remove the nuts.

Corner Plate Knock Down Fitting

2 Preparing the legs

Cut the legs to length, and plane or chisel a stopped chamfer on the inside of each one. Screw a hanger bolt into the leg (see top right) so that it mates with the plate-fixing hole. Clamp each leg with a wing nut.

1 Preparing the rails

Cut the rails to length. Calculate the flange-slot positions from the size of the legs and plates, and draw squared guide lines across the rails. Cut the slots to the required depth, and screw the plates to the rails.

2 Preparing the legs

Cut the legs to length, and plane or chisel a stopped chamfer on the inside of each one. Screw a hanger bolt into the leg (see top right) so that it mates with the plate-fixing hole. Clamp each leg with a wing nut.

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