Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. —Piet Hein

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Making a Kitchen Table

A couple of weeks ago I made a new kitchen table.

It was much easier than it looks as all I had to do was attach some hairpin legs to a worktop. If you haven't seen hairpin legs before, here's a closeup:

Eliane got the idea for the design after seeing something similar on the web, and she ordered the worktop from Worktop Express, and the hairpin legs from the Iron Mill.

I worked out what size screws to use (#12) and the pilot drill size using this handy chart. I also found a tip somewhere that said putting a little wax on the screw makes it easier to drive in with hardwoods (our worktop is oak).

The table is pretty sturdy, and hasn't collapsed! It was quicker to put together than some Ikea furniture, and it's very satisfying having an everyday piece of furniture that we designed and built ourselves.

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