Minimalist Table Legs From Flat Bar

4 Materials
$15
1 Day
Easy

Well, as it turns out table legs are expensive!

I recently built a table from leftover oak parquet flooring. Having put quite some effort into it, it seemed weird screwing some boring legs to it. That is when I got an idea to try to build minimalist table legs from a flat bar.

This idea is nothing new. You can buy these things from a hardware store or online . A pair of those would probably cost around 100-200€. As it just consists of a flat bar I decided to build my own with a fraction of a price.


Let´s get started!

To be completely honest this type of leg design is not the most stable. As it lacks cross braces the table rocks from side to side pretty heavily. My solution to combat that issue was to attach the whole table to a wall with small angle brackets. Not ideal but still much better than spilling every drink you put on it.

Here is the build video!

The first thing I did was to build the jig. It is by far the easiest jig I have ever built consisting of just 2X4 lumber and a hinge. I cut the 2X4 int two pieces and just screwed the hinge on like shown in the photo. As simple as that. It is important that the top face is completely flat and parallel. Otherwise, the bends come out crooked.


The hinge that I used was one of those door hinges that slide apart. It was definitely not the best idea as the hinge started bending as well.

Then I just made the bends. I marked the desired bend location and clamped the flat bar down. As you can see I also used a little piece of metal near the bend (has to be perpendicular) to clamp it down better. Then I just used some muscle power. I just eyeballed the angle then checked and corrected it by using a little speed square.

I repeated this step 4 times till I had a square.

Then I just clamped the square in a vice and cut off the excess with an angle grinder. When clamping it to the vice it is important to check that the width of the bottom matches the width on the top.

I am not 100% sure but I think you do not need to weld the two ends together. When the leg gets properly screwed to the table it probably fixes it in place just as well. As I had a welder at the spot I just welded it to be extra sure.

Then it was just a matter of drilling the holes. I actually managed to break 2 or 3 bits as the ones I used were really brittle.

And the last thing to do before attaching was to paint them. I just used rattle can paint. One coat of primer and two coats of matte black. Pretty happy with the results.

Do not forget to clean the surface with mineral spirit before painting to remove oil and dust ;)

That is it!

I hope this article inspired you to build your own table legs. If you have any questions do leave them in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts!

All the best

Andu

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  • Thea
    Thea
    on Mar 24, 2021

    I’m dying to try this.

  • Archie
    Archie
    on Mar 25, 2021

    I'd suggest since you had the welder you join the legs together with two pieces of the flat bar at the top which would solve the wobbly problem.

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