I just finished my first wood project and it's a farmhouse table. I am going to be bringing this to college and I need a way to make the top removable from the base so it wont be so challenging to transport. I don't think anything involving screws will be a great idea because eventually the screw holes will get warped. What are some of your ideas to make this baby detachable??

the top is just resting on the base in this photo

  • How is it attached now? Without the top I would worry about the leg assembly twisting and damaging itself unless that also breaks down.
    – keshlam
    Jul 20, 2016 at 23:33
  • it is just resting on the legs as of now. not attached.
    – Harry
    Jul 20, 2016 at 23:34
  • Well you built it, other than screws ,,, What about a chain saw and some Gorilla glue to re assemble ,,, ok probably not helpful. How is it built?
    – Ed Beal
    Jul 21, 2016 at 1:06
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    Taking the top off will not make the base significantly smaller or more transportable unless you want to disassemble the base. Not sure what you are trying to accomplish.
    – bib
    Jul 21, 2016 at 1:55
  • @bib make it easier to move. Not as heavy/awkward
    – Harry
    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:18

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Maybe this kind of fitting:

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Each block is permanently screwed to either the top or the base. You connect the parts using a supplied machine screw (not a wood screw).

  • +1 Basically machined cleats. The same could be done with wooden cleats and nuts bolt and washers, but these are elegant.
    – bib
    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:25

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