This is the instruction guide to assemble the craftsman tile top table. After assembling the kit, you can find tips on finishing the wood in our resources section. There are three parts to this guide: preparation, assembly, and finishing.
Philips head screw driver
Robinson #0 square head screw driver
A drill with a 1/8″ drill bit
A nail set
A sanding block or power sander with 100 and 180 grid sanding paper.
You will need at least two 30-inch clamps. The more clamps you have, the faster the assembly process will go. For the hardware pieces (not included in the kit), you will need the hinges, one extra set of steel screws and the brass screws that comes with the hinges. You’ll also need some wood glue and a damp cloth when you’re working with the glue.
Parts in the kit
Please verify all parts are present before starting the assembly. The kit should have:
4 upper rails
4 lower rails
6 vertical slats
1 container of adhesive / grout
2 top mounts
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General instructions and glossary of terms
Always try to dry fit (not use glue) the pieces together before gluing and screwing all the pieces into their final place. When assembling furniture kits, use a combination of screws and wood glue. With this kit, you’ll use screws to attach the legs to the apron (the box under the top) and strengthen that by first applying some glue to the part of the legs that will be covered by the apron. Use glue sparingly in the same zig zag pattern you’d use to glue pictures in a photo album but not to close to the edges. When applying glue to the wood plugs on the legs, use your finger to spread out the glue a little. Wipe off the glue that comes out of the joints and sand it off after the glue has dried. This makes sure you won’t see glue spots when you apply the finish. Speaking of sanding, sometimes you’ll need to correct little imperfections by sanding (that’s the beauty of handcrafted materials). This aligning of sections is what is meant when the instructions say sanding flush.
Sand all exposed surfaces with the 100 grid sanding paper.