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The Classic Look of Hairpin Table Legs

We love how quick and easy it is to install hairpin table legs. Pick out a pair of hairpin legs and screw it to the underside of your tabletop. Our original hairpin legs are as classic as they get. Our variations on the classic offer variety like the Twist or our Just the Tip hairpin leg. Our customers have come to know our hairpin legs as a stable classic design that will withstand the daily uses and abuses household furniture can withstand.

Sometimes customers reach out wondering if hairpin legs are really just for the standard table or desk. Hairpin legs are great for many types of furniture. Larger refurbish projects such as wet bars and sideboards are great with hairpin legs. Stools and chairs can easily come out well with a set of hairpin legs. Of course, we offer bench legs for those looking for something more along the lines of a metal leg bench. But is there really a limit to the capabilities of the hairpin leg?

Is there a project that’s been sitting in the back of your mind? Perhaps you’re wondering what an easel of hairpin legs would look like. Maybe you’re looking for heat-resistant legs and want to make a grill stand for the back yard. We love hairpin legs from the traditional to the eccentric. Let us know what you’ve been working on. Maybe it’s a variation on a classic, maybe it’s a pioneer idea. No matter what, hairpin legs can be the finishing touch on your brainchild come to life!

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Inlay Woodworking and Modern Steel Table Legs

Inlay is a way to flush up depressions in wood. It can also be an artistic highlight. If you’re thinking of using an inlay woodworking technique, why not accent to the colors of the wood itself?

If you’ve never tried inlay woodworking there are many colors of inly that can be used. Technically you can inlay with wood, but often what you’ll see is either a two-part epoxy or an adhesive combined with a color. We’ve seen a natural stone, such as turquoise added to fill the irregular or off-shapes of the wood you are working with and add a dash of color. Inlay can be used in one spot on the wood or in multiple spots.

nested table with angle iron table legs and inlay

Check out some tutorials if this is your first time, or delve into another great inlay option if it’s an old trick for you. When it comes to the legs, we suggest choosing a set of modern steel legs for your table that accent the overall design. Don’t worry much about finish…we expect most of your guests or customers will be looking at the inlay!

We’d love to see what you come up with. Are you using the inlay as a stand-alone contrast color or are you adding color in other ways to the table? Are you matching the color by painting he hairpin legs themselves? Is there a highlighting color throughout the table? Send us a pic so we can see your work!

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Specialty Woodworking and Hairpin Legs

Woodworking can be an easy way to turn rough lumber into an easily made and pleasant tabletop. It can also be a way to practice new woodworking skills or highlight the ones you already have. Why not put some special woodworking techniques to work in a gorgeous hairpin leg tabletop? Dovetailing two pieces of wood ads stability. Joints of all kind create eye-catching design while utilizing traditional woodworking techniques. Exposed bolts showcase the hardware used to create the tabletop white mixing up the standard lines of the wood itself.

Hairpin legs are easily attached to the underside of lumber. The attachment method can also be used to highlight the construction method itself. Perhaps the screws are picked out with their visibility in mind. The screws do not need to be hidden if their presence is something that appeals to you. Hairpin leg tables can be a way to create something functional. They can also be a way to highlight the character you like to express when working with wood. Pick out the hairpin leg style you like best and make a great piece of woodworking come to light with your own custom table!

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Glass Topped DIY Tables with Bench Legs

Glass tables with custom bench legs are a great addition or alternative to wood tabletops. Glass can cover an existing wooden tabletop. It can also serve as its own tabletop offering elegance and added light in a room. It can be an essential part of a custom tabletop where items are displayed under glass.

One benefit to glass is that it is (usually) a perfectly flat surface. It provides a light feel and a polished look. Glass might be the perfect element for your DIY desk or table. It can be as easy as adding a custom cut piece of glass atop your reclaimed door table, or you can build a table around a piece of reclaimed glass. We’ve seen glass-covered Zen gardens, antique tabletops, and cut wood designs. What do you have in mind that glass would perfectly highlight?

As you can see, a shipping crate, an antique piece of furniture, or a simple wooden tabletop can all be accentuated with a piece of glass. Feel free to send us your unique creation using glass and custom bench legs. We’re looking forward to seeing what you came up with!

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How do I Customize my Hairpin Leg Furniture?

Making hairpin leg furniture is, by definition, going to be a custom piece of furniture. But how do you really customize it to your tastes? Is it going to just turn out to be a simple wood tabletop with some awesome made-to-order hairpin legs? Or can it really express who you are?

There are many ways to customize a hairpin leg table just for you. Think about what you like, what’s important in your life, your hobbies, and how you spend your time. There are many ways to make your custom hairpin leg table reflect who you are. Does an American Flag table speak to you? Or perhaps a table shaped like a place you are drawn to? Perhaps there is an item in your life you would like to display or immortalize. Is it conducive to becoming a piece of furniture?

We’ve seen wooden crates, pieces of luggage, and old equipment be turned into hairpin leg furniture. Turning a beloved object into a piece of furniture gives you a functional table or other furniture while celebrating a special item in your life. Some items may be more conducive than others to being turned into a piece of hairpin leg furniture. But there are many ways to go about it.

If you’re looking for a customized metal frame for your table, get in touch. We’ll see how we can accommodate your personalized plans. And of course, we want to see what you’ve come up with! Send us your hairpin leg furniture pics!

 

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Basic or Fancy Hairpin Leg Furniture?

Hairpin leg furniture can be thought of as a spectrum from basic to expert. Your project can lie anywhere on the spectrum. Where it lies should be driven by your preferences, comfort level and how much time you want to dedicate to the project.

If you’re looking for a quick project without a lot of effort, hairpin legs are a great option. They are easy to throw onto a basic tabletop or door creating a finished table. Purchased, salvaged, and upcycled materials might be just what you’re looking for. Perhaps a pallet is where your resources and inclinations lie. Pallets are a great raw material that can be used as is, for a rough and basic table, or taken apart for use as raw material. With basic materials put together, you just might have a table done in under half of an hour. That is one of the great things about hairpin leg furniture – there really is a table any of us can create.

A specialty piece of furniture might take hours and hours to perfect. Hairpin legs may be giving you the opportunity to create your own furniture masterpiece. Rare woods, specialty woodworking, or wood inlay may be a project you’re excited to undertake. The hairpin legs might be the finishing touch for the piece of furniture you’ve been working on for countless hours. Hairpin legs are endlessly accommodating!

In the end, it doesn’t matter how much time or sweat you want to put into your project. At the end, you’ll have your very own table full of character!

 

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Irregular Live Edge Table with 3 Rod Hairpin Table Legs

Todd from APB Works in Nebraska knows how to make a great table. This beautiful walnut table shows how fun and functional irregularly shaped tables can be.

This table is also a great example of how varied the look of hairpin legs can be. Todd used the 3 Rod hairpin legs on this table. The angle they are viewed from offers many different views of the same legs; not unlike the table itself. Irregular shapes create interesting variety from different vantage points – certainly something Todd harnesses well in his work.

This table has a great balance of opposites. The table surface incorporates rough and smooth wood. It has light and dark colors. The inlay and metal are non-wood substances yet the table itself would be incomplete without the wood. The outer edge of the table has flat and natural edges. Making a table from scratch offers so many options to the creator.

Are you a person that prefers regular or irregular shapes in your furniture? Hairpin legs offer the perfect support for whatever type of table you’re looking to create. The 3 Rod hairpin legs Todd has used here are known for their additional stability. As they come in a variety of heights this table could have been a shorter table if that’s what suited your project. We like the height Todd chose; he went with a custom set of 38” hairpin legs. This unique and beautiful table will be enjoyed for years to come. Nicely done, Todd.

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New Tube Steel Modern Furniture Legs

It’s always fun to offer a new product, and our family of modern furniture legs has a new member! These tube steel legs are just what they sound like – square tube steel legs. They are simple in design, offering you another great DIY furniture option. These legs are made from hot rolled tubing that is 2-inches square. As with all of our metal legs, it has a mounting plate with holes for your attachment hardware. The tube steel mounting plate is 5-inches square by ¼-inch thick. The holes for your hardware are elongated ¼-inch by ½-inch.

Some customers have picked out the style of metal furniture legs they like and that’s their go-to when building or upgrading furniture. Other customers prefer to keep it interesting and choose a new style for different pieces of furniture. Do you see yourself as one type or the other? This new addition to the metal leg line-up might just fit into your building habits. Here is a new style to try out. It is another fun option for those of you who like to change things up. And for those of you who know what you like and like what you know – maybe this will be your new metal leg soul-mate. Try out this new simple and super functional furniture leg and let us know what you think about it!

We sell these legs individually, so you can get just the number your project calls for. As with our hairpin legs they come in a variety of heights. Even sizes are available from 4-inches to 30-inches to ensure your project is as tall or short as you need it. Perhaps your project would be best completed with legs of different heights. A desk with drawers on only one side, for example, would do well with short legs under the drawers and tall legs supporting the desktop. The options are endless! Keep us posted with your project pics!

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Hairpin Leg Floor Protectors

We get asked a lot about floor protection for hairpin legs, and we’ve seen many DIY solutions to having steel table legs inside the house. Generally, our answer has been: if your furniture stays put and you control humidity, you shouldn’t have any issues.

That said, if you are using hairpin leg furniture on softer floors, or if you move your furniture a lot, you may want to consider floor protection.

After many requests, we now have a great hairpin leg floor protection option for you! The new protectors come in a set of four and conveniently clip onto the bottom of the hairpin leg itself. These floor protectors are made right here in Colorado and they fit right on the bottom of our ½”- and ¾” diameter hairpin legs. If floor protection is something you want to plan for, keep this in mind when you are choosing legs.

If there are other hairpin leg accessories you’ve been thinking of or looking for, get in touch, we’re always looking for ways to help out with more DIY furniture projects.

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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!