Spiders and wooden table tops with battens
Most solid wooden tops are supplied with battens underneath to stop the wood from warping (example below). These battens are unavoidable on slatted table tops. It is important to specify the table tops correctly to ensure that the battens are located to allow a suitable spider to fit between them – this is particularly important for smaller table tops. It is therefore, paramount to check:
- There is enough space to fit the spider
- The spider holes will not fall on a gap between the slats
If there is not enough space between the battens, often a smaller spider can be specified, or it is sometimes possible to remove the battens, particularly if the spider itself would act as a replacement brace – typically on tops of less than 600mm diameter.