How to tighten the legs on a table?

Barbara Riccio
by Barbara Riccio

found a beautiful table at a dump but the legs are wobbly. Tried tightening the screws but it doesn't make the table better...... how do I tighten them the right way.

  6 answers
  • Ter33140837 Ter33140837 on Aug 15, 2018

    I would try putting some Gorilla Construction Adhesive into the holes and then screwing the legs in while the adhesive is wet. Good Luck!

  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Aug 15, 2018

    The screws might be striped? Check to see if the treads of the screw are worn down. If that's the case, just take one to the hardware store and they can help you get new ones. Another option is to try Loctite on the screws. I worked really well for my front door! Here's what it looks like:

  • Cindy Cindy on Aug 15, 2018

    Hello Barbara it might be helpful if you could post a picture of the table. There are many types of legs that can be used if the original ones are not working. Is it possible to move the legs slightly in toward the center or a little more out from where they are? If so you can fill the old holes with putty and drill new holes for legs. Another option would be to find a similar screw that is holding the legs on and find some at the hardware store that are a little wider than the original. If that is a possibility then you can fill the hole with wood glue and the screw in the table legs. Here are some other options if you want or can replace the legs with something different. I hope this helps Good Luck! CinT

  • Thelma Thelma on Aug 15, 2018

    Hi Barbara; In most cases, the wobbly legs are caused by the holes in the bottom of the tabletop getting too large to hold the bolts/screws tight. Turn the table upside-down, remove the legs by unscrewing/unbolting them, lay them over to the side, fill the holes with wood putty, let the putty dry - I like to leave it for at least 48 hours so I know it's completely dry - drill a hole just smaller than the screws in the putty, then reattach the legs. Let the table stay on its top for another 24 hours, then get someone to help you set it upright. Good Luck!

  • Nevena MacLean Nevena MacLean on Aug 15, 2018

    Depending if the wood is damaged.. can always use wood glue. Otherwise metallic 90 degrees corner hardware bits can help stabilize the joint.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 15, 2018

    Screws may have become too loosened, over the years. Try removing them and checking to see if inseting wood filler or similar will tighten things up. Drill a pilot hole, first, then reinstall the screws.