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How to Make a Tabletop Disassembly Jig

When you're pulling apart a piece of furniture, it's hard not to damage the wood or the finish. Here's how to make a special jig that can protect the project pieces during disassembly.

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make a tabletop disassembly jig
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Mark the Blocks

Use a ruler or measuring tape to find the exact center of the width of two 6-1/2" x 4" x 2" wood blocks. Mark the center of each with a pencil.

find exact center of width of two wood blocks

Step 2: Drill the Blocks

Use a Forstner bit to drill a hole into the center mark of one of the blocks (Image 1).

Using a 3/8" bit, drill a hole into the center mark of the second block (Image 2).

Step 3: Create a Bridge

Use the machine-threaded 3/8" hex-head bolt as a bridge between the two blocks. Affix the bolt's washer to the 3/8" hole and its retaining collar to the Forstner hole.

use machine threaded hex head bolt as bridge

Step 4: Secure the Blocks

Using C-clamps, tightly secure the blocks to the center of the surface you want to pull apart (Image 1).

Use an open-ended wrench to loosen the bolt, which will push apart the seam or joint underneath the two blocks (Image 2).




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