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Elegant Tabletop Fasteners By Tom Caspar On my best work, I want the bottom of my project to look as good as the top. That’s when I make an old-fashioned set of wooden tabletop fasteners, or “buttons,” rather than use the modern stamped-steel type. A button allows a solid-wood top to expand and contract through the seasons. When the top’s grain runs parallel to the rail, the button slides …

Elegant Tabletop Fasteners By Tom Caspar On my best work, I want the bottom of my project to look as good as the top. That’s when I make an old-fashioned set of wooden tabletop fasteners, or “buttons,” rather than use the modern stamped-steel type.

A veteran builder and teacher shares the rules that shape his work

Ten Rules for Finish Carpentry: Wood moves, so it's practically impossible to keep flush edges flush. Instead, offset edges from each other, such as the casing from the jam.