How to Fix a Loose Table Leg on a Wood Coffee Table

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There is nothing more aggravating than a loose leg on a wooden coffee table. Using the table for daily tasks becomes difficult if not impossible. Food and drinks spill on the floor, a written note becomes scribbles. There is little point to having a table you cannot use. Fortunately, even if you are not much of a fix-it-yourself type of person, fixing a leg on a table is one of the easiest repair tasks.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal brace
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Wood block
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • Thread
  • Clamps
  • Cloth
  • Determine how the legs are attached to the table. If they are screwed in to the frame, all you have to do is tighten the screws, nuts or bolts. If this fails to work then take a metal brace or wood block and screw it into the corner of the joint to strengthen the leg. Most coffee table legs, however, are glued into a socket and need more attention. If this is the case, move on to the next step.

  • Remove the loose leg from its socket. Place a wood block against the leg to protect its paint job and gently hammer until the leg is loose enough to come out of its socket.

  • Remove the old glue with steel wool. A mixture of vinegar and water will help with stubborn glue residue. Make sure the leg and socket are completely clean.

  • Insert leg into socket. There should be a little friction. If there is not, coat some sewing thread in glue and wrap it around the peg. This will create enough friction for a snug fit.

  • Smear the surface of the joint and peg with a good wood glue. Make sure any part of the leg and joint that touches each other has glue on it. Insert the leg into its joint.

  • Clamp leg in position. If the legs have slats between them, you may also tie a rope or bungee cord around them to keep alignment. Wipe off any excess glue with a clean, moist cloth.

  • Allow the glue to set for at least 24 hours. Do not skip this step or your table will wobble again soon.

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