How to Attach Wooden Legs to a Table

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Assembling a small wooden table from a wooden table kit can be much cheaper than purchasing an entire table commercially. Most major home retailers will carry these sets, which allow you to choose the tabletop and leg style of your choosing. The ability to mix and match the tabletop with the leg options allows you to customize the look and size of your table to your exact desires, and as the parts come pre-sanded, assembly can be completed in less than an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Mounting brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Mounting bolts
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Paintbrush

Place the tabletop on a flat surface face down and place the mounting brackets on the bottom of the tabletop. For a round table, place the four brackets on the tabletop in a diamond formation, with each mounting bracket 3/4 inch from the other edge of the tabletop. If you are having difficulty conceptualizing the four corners of the diamond, picture the tabletop as a compass, and place a bracket at north, south, east and west. For a square or rectangular table, place a bracket in each corner 1 to 1 1/2 inch from the corner of the table. Mark the brackets' location with light pencil marks.

Screw the mounting brackets in place, using the screws that come with the brackets. Place a bracket inside one of the markings, then turn the screws with a manual screwdriver.

Insert the mounting bolt into the top of the table leg that will attach to the mounting bracket. The table legs have a hole drilled in the top of the leg that the bolt can be screwed into. The bolt will not screw entirely into the top of the leg.

Install the leg by inserting the exposed end of the bolt into the hole in the mounting bracket and turning. Turn the table leg until it is tight and does not move when pressure is applied. Repeat steps 2 through 4 with the remaining legs.

Apply paint or wood stain to the table to make it match the decor of the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase legs and a tabletop from the same retailer and from the custom table section to ensure that the legs are compatible with the tabletop.

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