How to Make Chair Legs

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When building chair legs, you must know how tall you want them to make your chair, and what type of wood you want to use. Generally, chair legs range from around 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall. After building the chair legs, you can wait to find the perfect chair to attach them to, or you can attach them to a chair you already own.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 square or circular wooden legs, measured to the desired size Chisel Drill Wood glue 4 large screws Varnish or stain, if desired
  • Decide what measurements you need the chair legs to be. This depends on whether you're creating legs for a stool, dining room chairs or other types. The most common shapes for legs are circular or square. After measuring, you can buy a variety of wood--including cherry, bamboo, oak, beech or maple.

  • Lay out the chairs that you are creating legs for. One by one, drill holes into the four corners of the underside of the chair seat. Use a chisel on the top of the hole on the inside to make it just large enough to insert the screw head.

  • Secure each screw with the chisel on all four corners. Chisel it until the very tip of the screw is poking out just enough so you can secure the chair legs to each one. Take each leg and drill halfway down into the top (you will insert it on the screws in the bottom of the chair).

  • Hold the chair and squirt a couple of drops of wood glue inside the screw holes on the bottom, right around the screw head. It's most beneficial to do this one hole at a time, to maximize the use of the adhesive. Attach each chair leg to these screws, slowly and carefully inserting the emerged screw into the hole on the top of the leg.

  • Press in and screw each leg securely until it's against the bottom of the chair. Wipe away excess wood glue.

  • Stand the chair up on its legs to let it dry. Sand the wood to match the chair. If necessary, use a varnish or stain, and paint the chair legs to match. Try to make the chair legs resemble the chair frame as much as possible.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use detailing tools to add engravings or designs to the chair legs if desired.
  • Always be cautious when working with power tools, strong adhesives or sharp tools.

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