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How to Make Table by Hairpin Legs

18 Jul 2021 0 Comments

If you have a ready-made piece of wood or plank that is just the right size, you might consider making a table with Signstek's hairpin legs.

The whole production process is very fast and unexpectedly simple. Many users who have bought Signstek hairpin legs have reported that the final table has a great effect, not only the style is novel and beautiful, but the support is also very strong.

The most important thing is that the cost of a set of hairpin legs for making the table is no more than 50 dollars.

Simply put, the whole process is to prepare the tabletop first, and then tighten the legs. The following Signstek blog will explain the whole process in detail.


List of installation items:

  • A small tabletop (you can use old furniture or buy a cheap tabletop)
  • Signstek hairpin legs (you can choose the height you need, including 16", 19", 28", etc.)
  • Screws
  • Electric drill or screwdriver


Step 1: Mark the drilling depth

A mistake that many people often make when DIY tables with hairpin legs is that the pilot holes are drilled too deep, resulting in an embarrassing situation where the nail depth exceeds the height of the table after the final tightening.

To make the screw tighten without crossing the surface of the table, the key is to choose the length of the screw and mark the depth of the hole on the electric drill or screwdriver.

To choose the correct screw length, you need to use the thickness of the tabletop as a guide, and choose a screw that can pass through 3/4 of Tomorrow University.

Then mark the depth on the drilling tool according to the correct screw length.

A common mistake many people make is to drill the pilot hole too deep. Generally speaking, the depth of the hole is slightly lower than the depth of the screw. You can take a piece of tape, wrap it on the drill bit to a certain depth, and leave a section of tape as a guide to tell you when to stop drilling.


Step 2: Mark the position where the hairpin legs are to be installed.

Turn the desktop over, with the top facing down. Grab a hairpin leg and place it in the corner, then measure 1-1/2″ – 2″ (at least) from the edge. This is where you want to install the hairpin legs. A common mistake in this step is to install the hairpin legs too close to the edge. If the position is too close to the edge, the metal plate of the hairpin leg will be exposed and the table will be unstable.

Using a ruler, measure the distance you want between the edges of the two tables adjacent to this corner, and then fix your hairpin legs in place. Observe the metal plate of the hairpin leg and make sure it is (basically) at right angles to the corner. Then, use a marker to draw a small circle in each screw hole on the desktop. This is where you want to drill the pilot hole.


Step 3: Drill pilot holes

Using the drill you attached the tape in the second step, slowly drill into each circle you drew, and stop when the tape touches the tabletop.


Step 4: Fix the hairpin legs with screws

Now that you have made all the pilot holes, connecting the hairpin legs will be a breeze. Just place each leg in a corner, align the hole on the metal plate of the hairpin leg with the pilot hole on the desktop, and drive your screws in.

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