Screw-on legs will turn anything into a table

The traditional way to add legs to a table is first to connect the tops of legs to a series of rails, creating a separate base. The top then attaches to that. That type of base demands high-skill joints like mortises and tenons to connect everything. Lucky for us, there are much easier answers these days.

A variety of companies now sell self-supporting legs that simply screw onto any top you have, be it a wood slab, butcher block, old door, old workbench top or whatever. In my book for beginners, “Build Stuff with Wood,” due out next fall, I show four of these leg systems. Here they are, attached to a variety of tops.

You can imagine the rest of the possibilities, I’m sure. By the way, to find out how I surfaced and finished the beautiful walnut slab that I used for two of these tables, go here.

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Ikea sells legs like these for $16 a set! You can buy them in four colors. I harvested mine from a beat-up old Ikea desk we had.
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I made a thick top by screwing and gluing together two pieces of plywood, trimming the edges, and rounding them with a router, and then screwing on my Ikea legs. Quick and easy! By the way, I finished this tabletop with spar varnish to stand up to the elements.
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The table came out great. Go here for the full how-to.
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I matched the umbrella to the chairs and table legs to create this outdoor oasis.
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These mid-century modern hairpin legs from Rockler.com are not cheap, but they are gorgeous. You can get a two-wire or three-wire version in various lengths and finishes. 
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Check out the finished desk. To find out how I surfaced and finished that gorgeous walnut slab, go here.
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Here is another amazing screw-on Mid-Century Modern leg set, from tablelegs.com. You buy the cleats and legs separately and they are unfinished. These are walnut, coffee table size legs, but they come in all different sizes and woods. I applied an oil-based polyurethane finish.
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Be sure to choose cleats that are shorter than your tabletop is wide. The cleats and legs simply screw on.
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This coffee table is just as nice as the desk. Wish I could have kept it this way but we needed the desk more.
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And last but not least is this plumbing pipe hardware, which I used to make a beautiful coffee table.
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Find out more about this project here.

 

 

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