Put a Leg On It

Put a Leg On It

No not like the lamp from A Christmas Story

At the risk of revealing what a one-trick pony I am, I'd like to share a secret (that's not really a secret to anyone who's ever been to my house): I love legs! I like farm table legs, mid-century tapered legs and, most of all, hairpin legs.

Before I bought my house, I lived in a sweet little one-bedroom apartment. I had really fabulous taste and a pretty modest paycheck. One fall, after firing my sub-par interior decorator Craig (the one with the List), I went on a search for pieces I really liked. I realized that the simplest, cleanest furniture was the most expensive. So I decided that I would drop a few beans on a couple of fancy statement pieces and then make a bunch of furniture to totally redecorate. Most of the stuff I designed and made was on the more advanced side of woodworking requiring multiple power tools and invisible fasteners like biscuits (not the kind you eat). But a bunch of the pieces I made and continue to make are perfect for the beginner woodworker/postmodern homemaker. 

Really all that's required for this one is:  

  • Finding some table legs you like
  • Finding a piece of wood you like 
  • Staining and/or clear coating the table top 
  • Securely fastening the legs onto the table top

I obviously have a special place in my heart for hairpin legs, but if you're more into wooden legs they work well too. For wooden legs, I recommend angle plates so that the legs have that classic tilt out. If you're looking for a cheaper option I'm particularly fond of these legs from Lowes. Legs generally come in table height, counter height and bar height but if you're looking for something lower, you can find seat/side table height like below or... 

...super low for something like below, on the outdoor couch and ottoman I made last year. 

I hope this inspires you to do some fun and easy projects. I'd love to see stuff that folks have made. I'm going to try to update this post with a gallery of some of the other furniture I've made that might give you additional inspiration. 

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