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Hairpin Table Legs and Cooler Weather

Hairpin legs make durable attractive patio furniture. Using hairpin legs outside is a great way to ensure you get long-lasting furniture that will hold up to use through the outdoor living seasons. How should your homemade furniture be treated as cooler weather comes in?

One of the great thing about our hairpin legs is their basic durability. All our hairpin legs are thick enough to withstand whatever you or the elements throw at them. In fact, you might need to be more concerned about your table and chair-tops than the hairpin legs themselves. If you’ve got sheltered storage for your outdoor furniture, that is a great winter storage option. Some folks put it all away in a garage or other protected area. A porch or other covered area will work fine, too.

If you’re planning on leaving your furniture outdoors and unprotected all winter, that may be fine as well. Our hairpin legs will last a long time even in unprotected areas, but they may develop a patina of rust depending on the weather. To avoid rust you can consider adding a layer of protection. The hairpin legs themselves can be clear-coated, waxed or oiled to protect them from moisture.

Depending on the type of table- and chair-tops that comprises your furniture, you may want to simply give the whole thing a quick sanding and add one more layer of protection before the harsher weather sets in. And don’t worry, your hairpin leg furniture will be sitting there waiting for you when the warmer seasons come again!

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Vaishnavi’s Chevron Cabinet with Angle Iron Table Legs

Furniture can play many different roles in our lives. Making your own furniture ensures you can choose exactly how it functions in your home. Sometimes furniture is meant to blend into the room and integrate quietly with its surroundings. Other times furniture is meant to play a leading role in a room, sometimes being a showpiece. It appears that Vaishnavi’s cabinet will be the latter.

This amazing cabinet certainly catches the eye. It is hard to imagine this being anything other than a centerpiece in a room. Vaishnavi says,

“This was a boring bar cabinet that I painted a gold chevron pattern on and then put your legs on it. The mix of metallic elements makes it very unexpected and interesting!”

Thank you for sharing, Vaishnavi. Your cabinet is amazing! There are so many aspects of DIY metal leg furniture that are worthwhile. Taking an ordinary piece of furniture and watching it transform under your own hand can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a DIY furniture project. You can choose to use our hairpin legs or our angle iron table legs, as Vaishnavi did. They come in a variety of heights to ensure you get exactly what you need for your finished product. You can take an existing piece of furniture, as was done here, or build the whole thing from scratch. There are endless options. Thanks for sharing, Vaishnavi!

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Two-Tiered Table with Inlay and Angle Iron Table Legs

This two-tiered table is a gem! Let us count the ways…the dark bark on the live edge slab nicely combines with the accent of the interior of the wood color as well as with the dark metal of the tapered angle iron table legs.

Keeping the live edge on this slab maintains the curved lines which will catch the eye of anyone entering your home. Turquoise inlay is always a treat, and Todd has a gift for adding it as an accent. Here it follows the contours of the wood slab itself even dipping into the branch remnant. And, of course, we love the addition of a second shelf!

nested table with angle iron table legs and inlay

This makes this table truly unique. This simple addition adds substantiality to the table. It also makes it more usable for out of the way storage. This table was expertly crafted by Todd at APB Works in Nebraska. What a gem, thank you for sharing, Todd.

This table is a great demonstration of how innovative metal legs allow the creator to be. Coming up with the design for your metal leg table might just be as fun as making it. Hairpin legs and tapered angle iron legs offer so many options. If you have a custom idea in mind for your hairpin legs or tapered angle iron legs, let us know. We’re always happy to entertain custom ideas – and we love seeing how they turn out!


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Upgrade Your Office with Bench Legs or Hairpin Legs

Some say changing things around in your office space stimulates creativity. We can’t think of a better way to stay creative than by sitting at a desk you created with bench legs or hairpin legs! Plus, talk about getting what you want. When you design and build your own desk you’re assured it will be just want you want. From the height to materials, you only put in what you want.

Metal furniture legs offer customizable height, maximize leg-room, and outlast other office equipment by a long shot. We may sit at a desk all day or just for a few important minutes at a time; having a hairpin leg desk we love pulls us towards the work we want to get done. You may be the only person who really knows what you want in a desk, you are the best person to make that desk.

You may want a short set of hairpin legs to make an existing traditional desk the perfect height for you. Or perhaps you want to make the entire thing from scratch. You can locate a desktop surface and attach the hairpin legs for a perfectly fitting workstation. Perhaps your ideal desk is a simple tabletop that doesn’t include drawers or other amenities. You decide! Whether you’re giving an old desk a new life or creating a desk from scratch, hairpin legs give you the perfect desk for your working requirements and space limitations. No matter what workspace you’re creating, we’ve got you covered!

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Todd’s Tables with Modern Steel Table Legs

Todd from APB Works in Ashland, Nebraska should be teaching a DIY furniture clinic! Look what he has come up with this time. We appreciate Todd taking the time to share all his projects and we’re glad we can provide the modern steel table legs.

These pieces of furniture are just beautiful! In some ways, the wood and the metal legs are similar throughout. Todd has chosen slab wood with a prominent grain. The legs are all simple, sturdy legs made of metal. At the same time, there is so much variety.

These pieces of furniture really show how differently the styles of hairpin and metal legs can turn out – how their different shapes and colors can influence the final piece of furniture. Great job Todd! Having a collection of metal-legged furniture provides ample inspiration for future projects.

The tapered angle iron legs offer a dark solid style of leg. The twist hairpin legs change up the direction the eye follows. Bench legs create a great solid angular bench. And we like the way the slab benchtop angles down and inward in opposing contrast to the bench legs’ upward angle. Some of these tabletops have been adorned with turquoise inlay. Inlay is an attractive decorative way to fill in natural holes or pitting that can occur as wood dries.

It is fun to look at so many DIY furniture options all at once. Which one is your favorite?

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An Old Door and Hairpin Furniture Legs

We often mention that making a table with hairpin furniture legs is as easy as attaching the legs.  Voila, you have a table! But why do we say this? First of all, making a hairpin leg table really is as easy as screwing hairpin legs to a door and making a table. Secondly, doors are easy to come by! Often old homes had a door for each room. This better kept the heat in when houses were harder to heat and not well insulated, if at all. As old homes get better insulation and heating systems, those doors often come out. We can now enjoy the openness of the house without having to worry about our toes freezing. And we can also enjoy those old doors that are no longer needed between every room of the house.

There are many reasons doors are easy to come by. Whether you live in an older home with a few extra doors or you’re seeing doors at antique stores and salvaged building suppliers, keep in mind they make an excellent hairpin leg table. Doors can be made into hairpin leg tables as is or they can be refinished. What looks best to you? If you want to maintain the old look of the door, simply keep it as is. If you’re thinking about refinishing the door, you can always repaint it or sand it down and clear coat it. Doors come in many shapes and sizes so pick one out that suits you and your home. Then pick out the style of hairpin furniture leg that you like best. Screw on the hairpin legs and you’ve got yourself a brand new reclaimed table!

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Is Attaching Hairpin Legs Really That Easy?

Is attaching hairpin legs really as easy as screwing them into the wood? It can be! Our hairpin legs come with a metal plate with holes in them. This provides an easy way to attach them to the underside of your tabletop while providing maximum stability. We recommend pre-drilling holes before the legs are attached. Aim for holes that are roughly half the diameter of the final screws you will be using. That’s easy enough and now you’ve reduced your chances of the wood cracking when you use the final screws. Voila, you have a table!

If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging or unique, there are lots of options. All you need to do is be sure the metal legs and tabletop are strongly secured to each other. This can be accomplished in a multitude of ways. They can be bolted on leaving bolt tops in your tabletop for added style. We’ve seen tables where folks glued the table to a non-wood surface (in this case stone).

Perhaps you’re thinking about a custom table where there’s a metal support structure underneath your tabletop. Our motto is: ‘if it’s made of metal chances are we can make it’. That means you’re only limited by your imagination. Come up with your table design and run it by us to see if it’s something we can create for you. If this is your first go at a DIY hairpin leg table, maybe simply screwing the hairpin legs to the tabletop is for you. But if you’re looking for some adventure, experiment and see what types of hairpin leg attachment works for you. We’d love to see what great new ways you come up with.

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Stump Table with Short Hairpin Legs

stump section table with short hairpin legs

Rachael has a tree in her house! Or at least a big piece of one. So often stumps are the remnants of a tree no one knows what to do with. This table shows how amazing they can be! Turning it over provides a large unique tabletop surface. The center of the stump has been hollowed out. This will make the weight of the table much more manageable. We created a custom brace for the underside. This will stabilize the whole stump while minimizing any further cracking that might happen as the wood continues to dry with indoor use. We’re always happy to entertain custom metal work. It can make the difference between a typical and outstanding piece of furniture.


The hairpin legs add the finishing touch to this table. Our hairpin legs come in a variety of sizes which come in handy for a good table maker! This table is perfect with short hairpin legs and we expect it will be a conversation piece in any room. We’re glad our hairpin legs were the finishing touch on this magical table! Thanks for sharing Rachael – what an amazing job!

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Modern Furniture Legs on Conference Tables

We’ve all walked into conference rooms to begrudgingly gather around a laminate conference table that we’re sure dates back to the seventies. It doesn’t exactly stimulate creativity, does it? Many conference tables are the centerpiece of the conference room. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have a beautiful hand-crafted table that catches the eye and inspires imagination? It sets a whole new tone for the room and the meeting when a gorgeous piece of furniture is calling you to gather around it.

We’ve been inspired by the gorgeous conference tables our customers have made. The great thing about using hairpin legs is their elegance and stability. Using minimal space, they get the job done and make an impressive conversation piece. Any of our metal legs will do a beautiful job. Our metal bench legs are often used as their durability transforms large slab wood into a work of art. Like our hairpin legs, the tapered angle iron legs provide stability without hogging the underside of the table.

The stability metal legs offer means you can leave virtually all of the space under the table available for chairs and legroom. Coming up with a big slab of wood may be as easy as stopping by the local sawmill. Putting together a great conference room table yourself will ensure you get a great end product. Plus, it can save you lots over buying a custom table. Just think, next time a meeting is called, everyone will be looking forward to pulling up a chair!

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Are Bench Legs the Best Option for my Bench?

Benches made with metal furniture legs are simple and elegant both for sitting and storing things. A bench can provide a place to put on your shoes by a front door or set your bag when you first coming in. There are–of course–many uses for benches and if you’re considering one you may already have a use in mind. But are our bench legs best for your project? Our two styles of bench legs are made as a solid foundation for any bench. They both come in the standard bench height. They are made of durable steel – either flat bar steel or tube steel. Their solid construction ensures they provide a solid base for your sitting area.

But there are times where you may be looking for another style of metal furniture legs. In addition to our bench legs we offer tapered angle iron legs and a variety of hairpin legs. If you’re looking for a wider top to your bench using the tapered angle iron or hairpin legs may be for you. One of the great things about our bench legs is that they come in a set of two, as opposed to four like our other legs. This means they provide maximum stability for a typical bench. But if you’re creating a wider sitting area having the option of four individual legs may be for you. Or perhaps you’re just looking to create some type of seating area that’s not necessarily a bench. Our hairpin legs also make a great stool. You can make a bare-topped or upholstered stool. No matter which of our metal legs you decide to go with, they are all solid supports. Every one of our metal legs is made of cold rolled steel and are made to order right here in the USA!