Below is what I have. There are small pre drilled holes but I can add more or make the existing one larger. What is not shown in the picture is the fact that the legs are foldable. My plan is to build a table for which I should be able to quickly replace the top. The tops will be multipurpose: router table, a table with t-tracks and holes for bench dogs and a table for jigsaw like in the second picture

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  • Will the weight of the top be enough to keep it down? Could you just have posts on the bottom, aligned with the holes, just to keep it from sliding around? Or do you want it securely fastened down? Dec 17, 2016 at 14:21
  • Since this is going to be a router table or work bench I need something that will be fastened down
    – MiniMe
    Dec 17, 2016 at 14:52
  • Should be asked in "Woodworking" Stack Exchange? Dec 17, 2016 at 18:09
  • Had no idea that we have that board here...I will certainly start asking questions there because I have tons of them as I am getting into wood working as we speak
    – MiniMe
    Dec 18, 2016 at 5:30

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I would construct the table tops with an extra layer of 3/4" plywood or MDF on the bottom that is designed to just fit inside of the inner rectangular shape of the frame. This will align the top with the frame and keep it from sliding around on in a horizontal direction. With that in place the amount of hold down force that you need will be minimized.

One method to provide the hold down force would be to make some swivel blocks that are mounted on the bottom of the table. These would rotate on a single screw/lag bolt including a washer. The idea is that one end of these would be able to rotate to be under the edge of the table frame. You could cut the surface of the block that engages with the table frame at a slight taper so that the block tightens up as it is rotated.

  • Do you see any problem with using draw latches ?
    – MiniMe
    Dec 18, 2016 at 15:31
  • I like the idea of a bottom layer or perimeter to hold in place then very inexpensive latches could be used to dampen vibration.+
    – Ed Beal
    Oct 23, 2017 at 0:42

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