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Centering a Table Top

Centering the top on its base used to be a time-consuming process for me. I'd spend a lot of time with a ruler checking and rechecking the overhang along all four sides to make sure it was the same all the way around. But now I use a quicker method — that's more accurate.

First, I flip the top of the table or cabinet upside down and mark the center of all four sides, as shown in the drawing. Then I find the center of each apron (or side), making a mark on the outside face of each one where it meets the top. Once the centers are marked, place the base upside down on the table top.
Centering a Table Top

Now to center the base on the top, it's just a matter of aligning the marks on the aprons to the marks on the top. (Note: Before you tighten the mounting hardware, double check the alignment marks one more time to make sure the base hasn't shifted.)
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