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I'm not sure what the fire barrier is specifically but in general you should be able to mount a floating top in this situation without any problems. You can do angle brackets, z clips, or ledgers(by far the easiest). The hardest part is going to be scribe-ing in all three sides to your walls. One trick is to do the ledger, paint it to match your walls, then ...


As DMoore notes, a simple ledger would work well. If you want something that isn't visible, buy yourself a Kreg pocket screw jig like this one. Cut a few 2x4 to hold it up at the right spot, and then you can just screw it right in. I would try to use 2 screws per 2x4 to increase the strength.


I would just buy a 1x4 or similar material that would go with your butcher block and use them as a ledger board on the three sides. Simply measure the height you want, attach ledger board to wall all the way around (3 easy cuts) and attach them to the studs. Then just slide on your butcher block. To attach to ledger you can use screws but a little ...


Drilling out the holes is easier than it sounds if you can live with holes on the outside of your furniture. Just dry-fit the pieces together and drill new holes for the screws from the outside. Make sure you move away from the old crumbled holes. Then you can measure and drill for the cam hole, using a fat drill bit instead of a spade bit because the point ...


Toss the cams and use good quality wood glue. Use clamps to hold the pieces together until the glue cures and use screws with an aggressive coarse thread. You will need to drill pilot holes for the screws, and you will never be able to disassemble, but once the particle board is damaged as described it is very difficult to repair.


Dig out the bad/loose stuff. Fill with an epoxy based filler (such as Bondo). Redrill the holes. Reinsert the cam bolts. Product references are for illustration only and not an endorsement


Securely screw your mounting hardware into something structural, and it's unlikely you'll "break the wall" unless you're planning on piling thousands of kilograms on your table. If your structure is made of wood, make sure you screw into the framing members with long screws. Don't just screw into the drywall or plaster, which are not capable of bearing much ...

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