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Wooden Table Assembly
Conference Room Furniture is not difficult to assemble. With a little guidance, some common tools and a little time, your furniture will look great.
Some Assembly Required
Most wooden Conference Room Furniture needs some assembly, otherwise, it would be impossible to move large pieces like tables through office corridors and through doorways. Tables are designed to have the least amount of sections but still be modular and portable. As the size of the table increases, so does the number of sections requiring assembly.
|6||1||2||1 (2 pieces)||20-25 minutes|
|10||(2) 5 ft. sections||30-50 minutes|
|12||(2) 6 ft. sections||3||2 (4 pieces)||30-50 minutes|
|14||(2) 7 ft. sections||3||30-50 minutes|
|18||(2) 6 ft. sections
+ middle 6 ft. section
|4||3 (6 pieces)||40-65 minutes|
Note: Modesty panels have a right and left side
Estimated assembly times based on 2 people after un-crating
For an 8 foot table, there are 4 sections (five pieces if you consider that modesty panels have a right and left side). A 12 foot table has 5 sections. Tables 18 foot and larger have middle sections with their own foot and top.
The typical table assembly process involves 2 methods to join sections. Cam-locs & bolds are commonly used to join sections that are at right angles while bolt & screw inserts are used to join two parallel sections.
Cam-loc and bolts are very easy to install. The cam portion fits inside a pre-drilled hole with the larger cross section pointing toward the perpendicular hole. The cam-bolt is threaded into pre-drilled holes. The bolt fits into the open section of the cam and then the cam is turned about 180 degrees to secure the joint. A Phillips head or flat screw driver is all that is required.
Joining 2 table top sections is an easy process. Pre-drilled holes are fitted with metal inserts to which bolts are screwed. The bolts hold sections of steel plate and steel rectangular tubing for extra strength and rigidity. The process is straight forward and simple. Yet, care must be taken to use the right bolt length. Using longer bolts than intended can cause the bolts to damage the table top. If there is a difficult part, it is the weight of the table tops. During the joining of the two halves, two people are recommended. One should hold the table tops in position as the other tightens the bolts from the bottom.
When assembling a Conference Room Table with 2 or more top sections, DON'T turn the table tops up-side-down with the intention of picking the joined table-top up for placement on the legs. In all likelihood, there is debris on the floor that will scratch the surface finish. And besides, the joined table top will be too heavy to safely maneuver. Instead, place the legs in a position that is their final position. Then, place one of the top sections onto the leg. While one person is holding the table top in position, the other can join the legs and top section. Repeat the same procedure for the other table top section and leg. Finally, join both table top sections together. And always be careful not to over stress joints.
Once a table is assembled, it should not be slid across the floor. The joining methods are not designed to handle large sheering forces. If moving the table is necessary, make sure both legs are lifted off the floor. This activity may require several people.
As an alternative, furniture moving pads may be used under the feet leveling bolts. In this case, apply moving force on all table feet at the same time so as not to cause twisting of the table. Again, the joints are not designed to take heavy twisting loads.
If the table is to be moved to a different room, then dis-assemble the table and repeat the assembly process in the new location.