Asked on Apr 07, 2014

Can I use liquid nails?

by Ene19230
I have a butcher block top that needs t be secured to a piece with a solid top. Can I use liquid nails to secure the butcher block top? I did a google search and found instructions on This Old House. They recommend putting flashing beneath it (for expansion and contraction), boring large holes (from underneath the solid area) to accommodate washer and screw, securing it underneath the top using screws and washer. Does anyone know if there is a simpler way to secure it? Thank you.
  10 answers
  • SK on Elderberry SK on Elderberry on Apr 07, 2014
    I would sand the top of the cabinet and using liquid nails glue it down. Then countersink a few screws and cover each screw hole with wooden flush buttons. Butcher block has a tendency to warp. So I would make sure it stayed in place either with screws or a pin-nailer or small finishing nails. You can then fill the little holes with wood putty..I think This Old House is more complicated than you need. sk
  • Z Z on Apr 08, 2014
    I'm going to bring this to Kevin at @KMS Woodworks and Bob at @Woodbridge Environmental to see what they think. Personally I'd screw it from underneath.
  • Nancy you want to fasten triangle shaped blocks in each corner of the cabinet. Liquid nails along with screws will hold them in place. Once fastened you will drill a hole in each block. Then using screws place the top in the position you want it in and fasten the screws into the bottom of the top itself. Be sure to oversize the holes slightly so the screws can move a bit, Use larger fender washers to prevent the screw heads from pushing up into the hole you drilled. Also drill a pilot hole into the top so the screws will go in easy. Rub each screw on a bar of soap to use as a lubricant to make them go into the top easier.
    • Z Z on Apr 08, 2014
      @Thank you Bob. Since @Nancy's piece already has a top she'll be adding the butcher block top to, does she need the triangle pieces in each corner or can she drill through the current top?
  • The corner blocks are placed on the cabinet then screws are fastened up from inside into the bottom of the top itself.
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 08, 2014
    If the short sides are as wide ax they look to me some figure 8 table top "clips" would be a bit easier ax still allow for wood movement.
  • Yvette Yvette on Apr 09, 2014
    I bought these three end tables for twenty dollars. I know I can sand them down. Any ideas on what I can use to give them a quick redo ? Thank you for you time.
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  • Joe Spiteri Joe Spiteri on Jun 10, 2018

    go to a hardware store, ask them, & also u can suggest using some type strong glue. Put heavey weight on top,& let it dry for a couple of day,,,liquid nails is good,

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Jun 10, 2018

    glue that sucker down..liquid nails is fine:)

  • Donald Donald on Jun 01, 2022

    I'm attaching 1/2 plywood table tops onto small wood frames in a pop up camper. I was wondering what the vest way to do this is as well. 1/2 inch doesn't allow too much to screw into. can I just use liquid nails and a few staples from underneath the counter?