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Brian’s Railroad Spike Coat Rack

You know we sell amazing metal legs such as our hairpin legs, tapered angle iron legs, and bench legs. But did you know we sell the hooks you need for railroad spike coat racks as well? We do! We love working in metal and our customers tell us how much they like the modern look of metal in their homes. The railroad coat hooks are a great way to make a durable lasting coat rack that looks great in your home.

railroad spike coat rack


Railroad spikes are the hardware that holds the rail track onto the wooden ties. Pretty solid, huh? So, we’re confident they are up to the task of holding up your coats for at least a lifetime. In fact, that’s why we’ve guaranteed them for a lifetime. If you’re thinking of putting a dent in these hooks, we’d like to see the coat you’re planning to hang on them. We sell these hooks by the piece so you can decide just how many work best for your project.

We most often see them on rough-sawn or reclaimed wood. What can we say, our customers know what looks great with the no-nonsense appearance of railroad spikes. Brian put together this mirror coat rack. Why not enjoy the look of your entryway mirror as you check your look before heading out the door each day? The aged wood goes perfectly with the railroad spikes. The shiny screws Brian chose add a nice bit of contrast to the whole piece. Nicely done, Brian. Thanks for sharing!

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Rare Wood Types and Hairpin Legs

Rare woods are more than just rare. They can be amazing. Woods like mulberry, pistachio, and carob come from foods we may be familiar with but have never seen as lumber. We’ve all heard of redwood but we aren’t all lucky enough to have some in our lives. If you’re looking to create a really special and unique piece of furniture in your home, a rare wood may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re lucky enough to have a piece of rare wood in your possession, hairpin legs are the perfect way to highlight it.

Hairpin legs are the perfect complement to rare and unique wood. Hairpin legs are made of simple steel construction. They have classic simple lines. They emphasize the unique and special nature of rare wood and never steal the show. Putting together a special piece of wood to make a piece of furniture in your home will be an experience that pays itself forward for the life of your furniture; it could even be passed on to the next generation. We can’t think of a better way to immortalize a piece of rare wood than making it a functional part of your home.

If you’re on the lookout for a rare piece of wood, we’ve seen some beautiful pieces former customers have created. Take a look to get your creative juices flowing. Then pick out what style of hairpin legs will be best for your furniture. We’d love to see your unique creation – send us a pic!

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Pairing Hairpin Legs with Color Variations

Color adds variety to furniture. When we think of color we often think of shades in a color wheel. Painting your hairpin legs green or blue, for instance. But color can also match to shapes and patterns. For example, using square bar hairpin legs on an angular table can be the perfect accent, or choosing the same legs for a rounded table can add contrast.

live edge coffee table with hairpin legs

In addition to the great colors we can get through paint, there are ready-made colors wood can offer us. Nature creates its own beautiful colors. Some woods have greater color variations than others. Colors can appear as streaks or highlights throughout wood. Knots formed in wood are typically darker than the surrounding colors and can be intentionally highlighted. Wood color variations can appear as stark differences that form patterns. Displaying these patterns nature creates can result in stunning furniture.

The dark steel of hairpin legs is often a great match for the natural shades of wood, but if you want to alter the look of your hairpin legs, they can be finished in a similar fashion as your tabletop. You could clear coat both your tabletop and your hairpin legs, for instance, or add an accent color. Neither a sealant or a paint will affect the lifetime of the legs or the table.

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1950s Hairpin Leg Mosaic Table

A very unique specimen, this mosaic tile hairpin leg table is an original. David at Marzipan Mummy says this table is a rescue dating back to the 1950’s. David’s table came from an artist family in New York State – and it is still in original condition. Hairpin leg furniture is enduring. Metal construction certainly sets them up for longevity.

This type of table can be made more than one way. By using a wood frame below and around the tiles, the builder has a surface to screw hairpin legs into. This type of table could also be created with a custom-made metal framing. The metal hairpin legs can be attached right to the metal framing adding additional stability. The mosaic could then be made right into the top. It is amazing how accommodating hairpin legs really are; the number of materials we see used in hairpin leg furniture is astounding.

Endlessly customizable, these tables allow you to create your own masterpiece. The salmon colored tiles of this table pop in contrast to the dark metal. If making your own, you can choose a mosaic color palate of similar or contrasting colors. The tiles are a nice addition to the dark look of the hairpin table legs. If you’re looking for a custom metal frame, let us know. We’d love to hear what you have in mind, and chances are we’ll be able to make it for you. What will people be saying about your hairpin leg creation half a century from now?

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Vintage Italian Marble Table with Hairpin Legs

We’ve seen a few stone hairpin leg tables before, but this one is unique. Buying a brand new Italian marble coffee table may cost a small fortune but making one or finding a vintage gem like this one brings the same quality at a fraction of the cost.

Here are a few works from Jack on the project:

[this is a] vintage salvaged oval Italian marble top from a circa 60s table and salvaged legs from another table. Legs were sanded down to bare metal and repainted.

Jack foresaw what a great combination metal legs would make with marble. Often oval tabletops like this one had elaborate wooden bases – that clearly didn’t last as long as the tabletop itself, but the hairpin legs he added are up to the challenge. Metal hairpin legs can take wear and tear just like a marble tabletop can.

Sanding and refinishing the legs as Jack did brings them back to life – they look as good as new! Keep your eyes open in old furniture stores for possible parts to salvage or keep an eye on Jack’s Etsy store.

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True Ethic’s Kilim Bench with Hairpin Legs

When you use your best wood to make a bench, it makes a lot of sense to highlight it by leaving it raw or with a simple clear coat. But upholstery allows you to use wood as a structural component and place the emphasis on the fabric. Fabric comes in many colors and patterns giving you an endless variety of options. You may also prefer the feel of a cushioned bench to sit on.


This particular kilim bench was made by the folks at True Ethic. The fabric is handwoven wool from Turkey. What better way to use a wonderful piece of fabric than in a piece of furniture than can last a lifetime? Taking into account the surroundings of the hairpin leg furniture may also be important. In this instance, the upholstered bench is in a setting with a lot of natural wood. A wood benchtop may not have stood out as much surrounded by similar material. In this setting the kilim bench really stands out.

With many varieties of hairpin legs on the market, you can find a modern metal leg option for any project. What will provide the finishing touch for your next project?

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Amazing Hairpin Leg Stool from Zara Home

We’re big fans of saying that hairpin leg use is only limited to your imagination. Hairpin legs originated at the turn of the century. After their initial introduction their use bloomed into many things. It was not uncommon to see hairpin legs on a lamp or even a birdcage. We love seeing original uses for hairpin legs. It reminds us of the hairpin leg’s origin.

The folks at Zara Home have this amazing hairpin leg stool. The whole piece is amazing. It is a perfect example of the synergistic relationship between a wooden surface and metal hairpin legs. They complement each other seamlessly.

The wood in this stool is eye catching for many reasons. First, its shape defies the norm of building flat and square. Wood is so frequently cut dimensionally; taken from a natural tree shape and given straight and square edges. This stool uses the adaptability of wood to its advantage, shaping it to create the best form for this application.

Secondly, the swirling grain of the wood can’t help but draw in the eye. This combination of rounded wood and swirling color patterns is enchanting. The hairpin legs highlight the art of the wood and give it the illusion of floating. We love this stool and think it serves as inspiration and motivation for all the ways hairpin legs can be used. Thinking of making something along these lines? We’d love to see what you come up with – send us a picture!

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Ronny’s Century Old Oak and Steel Bench Legs

Old woodworking methods as well as old wood? Sometimes we take for granted how long a tree has been standing when we’re focused on the end product. Ronny realized the red oak that fell in the 2017 due to Hurricane Irma must have been standing for nearly one hundred years. What better way to pay homage to the time period from which this tree originated, than to use bygone woodworking techniques. Some of the cuts make in this longstanding tree were made with tools from that era. It gives a different perspective on what we have now by cutting up a piece of wood with a large gas or electric powered saw.

That’s one if the things we like best about our metal legs – they utilize a material that has a long history itself. Somehow is seems appropriate to use an age-old material to support your hundred-year-old slab of wood. Ronny chose to pair steel bench legs with this massive oak slab. Knowing steel bench legs can easily match the durability of a massive oak slab must be reassuring.

This oak creation is perfect for either a bench or a coffee table depending on what your needs are at the moment. We love how the shape of this coffee table provides extra “couch frontage,” if you will, without the entire table being larger. Maintaining the original shape of the tree and the living edge of the tree also connects the finished furniture to the original tree. Flat bar bench legs go perfectly with this substantial piece of furniture. That’s why we offer so many types of metal legs – we want to be sure you get just the right set of metal legs for your project. With two types of bench legs, five styles of hairpin legs, tapered angle iron legs, and tube steel furniture legs, there are lots of options to be sure you get the perfect match for your furniture.

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Combining Shapes & Colors with Hairpin Legs

Thinking of wood as a raw material may bring to mind a standard lumberyard image. Browsing dimension lumber at the hardware store may reinforce this. Buying 2x4s and building a rectangle is a legitimate way to build hairpin leg furniture, but wood comes in many colors. Combining these colors is a great way to make hairpin leg furniture. What wood color comes to mind when you think of oak? How about cherry? Mahogany and redwood are rarer wood types known for their unique colors. The color combinations of your hairpin furniture could be subtle or bold. Two different hues of the same basic color might be a subtle look that appeals to you. Or perhaps bolder color contrasts or the variety light and dark wood bring is what you’re looking for.

Another way to make a table stand out is the design. Showing the end grain in a butcher block style or choosing a design that uses angles will make your DIY table stand out. This slash board coffee table, for example, uses larger pieces of wood turned at an angle and uses contrasting shades of wood. Maybe you’ve got some wood hanging around that would make a great hairpin leg table. Or maybe these examples will give you a mental image of the wood type you’d like as you plan your hairpin leg project. No matter your final project, we know our hairpin legs will do a great job of supporting your colorful wood creations!


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Combining Wood Types with Metal Hairpin Table Legs

Combining wood types is a great way to create a unique piece of hairpin leg furniture. Different woods can accent each other well, without the added step of staining or otherwise altering the wood to gain contrast. Wood naturally has variation in grain pattern, color, growth patterns, and much more. Finding different types of wood that work well together can create an unforgettable piece of hairpin leg furniture.

maple and walnut table with metal hairpin table legs

One thing to keep in mind when working with a two (or more) woods that they will handle differently. Though combining wood types may create stunning designs, it may take a little extra care to help them work best together. For example, if the woods you are using have two different densities, they will plane and sand at different rates. The harder wood may need more attention to arrive at a smooth surface.

Think about which lumber you are going to work with and what each one needs to come out correctly. It may be best to do the rough sanding before assembly and the finish sanding after it is assembled. Then you just need to put on the hairpin legs you’ve picked out and send us a picture. We know you can come up with an amazing hairpin leg table and we’d love to see it!