How to Make Coffee Table Legs


Coffee tables are for making the living room look good. Usually centered with the sofa, they are decorated with books or flowers. The most difficult aspect of table making is the legs. Making the leg out of 2-by-2 inch stock is a nice way to begin. Turning the coffee table legs into your personal work of art will depend on the machinery used. Here are some tips to get you started.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-2-by-96 inch stock
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Electric miter saw
  • Router
  • Roman Ogee router bit
  • 100-grit sand paper
  • Clamps
  • Cut the 2-by-2-by-96 inch stock into four pieces of equal length with the electric miter saw. Sand lightly with the 100-grit sandpaper. Mark one end of the leg 1 1/2 inches down on all four sides.

  • Insert the Roman Ogee router bit in the router, and make certain the collet is tight against the bit.

  • Clamp the leg to the worktable. Set the router to the desired depth, and make a pass stopping at the 1 1/2-inch mark. Repeat this on all the other legs.

  • Sand lightly. Brush off excess dust, and finish in your choice of finishes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Use extreme caution while router is on. as there is no guard to protect your fingers.
  • Never leave power tools unattended.

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