DIY Hairpin Leg Table (Super Easy!)

Caitlin Bigelow
by Caitlin Bigelow
2 Materials
1 Hour
This is one of the easiest and most impressive DIY projects I've done! In around an hour you can make your own custom hairpin leg table!
Who knew making your own custom furniture was so easy!
I found this TOTALLY cool slab of wood at a local lumber store in San Diego called Made Lumber. I knew instantly that this would make the coolest desk.
The nice thing about building this piece of furniture is that it doesn’t require any expensive tools. Most people have a drill and sander, and if you don’t have one guaranteed you know someone who has one. 
Use a T-square to mark where your legs will go. Use a pencil to outline your legs and make sure to mark the holes where you need to drill.     
Your pilot hole should be smaller than your screw.
Pilot holes keep your wood from splitting, but it also makes it easier to screw your legs in. 
Now place your legs on the table and screw them down. You’re already 80% done with project! Easy, right? 
Since this is a desk I want the top very smooth. Use a hand sander and a fine grit sand paper to smooth the top. 
This is an uncoated slab of wood, so I want to finish it by applying a coat of mineral oil. You’ll need to apply a couple coats and you may need to continue to do this for a couple weeks. This wood is thirsty!
Use a clean cloth to rub the oil into the grain. I love how dramatic the change in color is! It's so rewarding.
Seriously that’s it! Amazing right? This took me about an hour.
One last thing to note, you don't have to use a slab of wood like I did. You could upcycle an old door or use materials you have at your house. The beauty of hairpin legs is that it's super easy to attach them.     
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  • Eve10095919 Eve10095919 on Nov 17, 2017
    Did you have to do anything to protect the wood after you put the mineral oil on it (like varnish or poly?)? I LOVE what you did!

  • Cbo28861172 Cbo28861172 on Nov 17, 2017
    Where did you acquire the metal legs?

  • Teresa Buckley Teresa Buckley on Nov 17, 2017
    I would love to try this. Where does one go in the Minneapolis St, Paul area to find the slabs of wood for this project.

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  • Jjf9789637 Jjf9789637 on Nov 19, 2017
    WoW!!! WoW!!! Love this! Great find! And AWESOME Job!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ethel Kirkpatrick Ethel Kirkpatrick on Nov 21, 2017
    Totally amazing! I see lots of things done with live edge wooden pieces but none of them showed the creativity that you showed here. It's not just a show piece, it works. Your desk looks amazing! Good work!