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12-25-2015 06:44 PM

I am working on a dining room table. The tabletop is 100”x45”x2” and is made of different types of hardwoods, so it is very heavy (not sure exact weight). The legs are cast iron and shown below. They are maybe 50lbs each. The table will be going on my new hardwood floors which are 4” hickory. Judging by the weight of the table and the size of the surface area of the legs that presses on the floor, do you think this will damage the floors by leaving rectangular imprints in it? Do I need to buy an area rug to dissipate the weight a little?

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 06:53 PM

Shouldn’t leave imprints but will scratch it pretty good. I have bought carpet squares from HD – the ones that self stick to the floor – then cut to match the foot and stick to the legs. Works great.. Great table legs

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 06:55 PM

I have found these floors scratch very easily, but because the top is so heavy, I cant imagine the table every sliding, so I didnt think scratching would be a concern.

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#3 posted 12-25-2015 07:51 PM

It’s possible that feet which are that small MIGHT leave a mark, but an area rug will do NOTHING to alleviate that possibility. HD (and probably Lowes) sells stick-on cushions in thick felt-like material and I also think some that have cork that you could cut to fit each foot. It wouldn’t help if the sheer weight of the table dents the wood, but it will surely keep the feet from scratching if any movement should happen.
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#4 posted 12-25-2015 07:58 PM

Metal that heavy on any floor = not a good idea.

I would make some 1/4” thick wood pads and epoxy to bottom.

Or use the felt.

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 08:05 PM

What Joe said… also, I’ve had good success buying cheap door mats (~$5) and cutting them up for use as pads. There is a wide variety of mats to choose from, so you can pick the color/material desired – and they will hold up a lot better than the felt/cork things you get at the borg, particularly on really heavy stuff. I usually will glue them on, but double sided carpet tape would probably work as well.

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 08:51 PM

Great suggestions, thanks!

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 09:28 PM

make clogs for them, hardwood shoes with felt soles to protect the floor.
at least an inch all round larger than the metal foot and radius the edge’s all round, top bottom & sides.
a recess is cut into the top of the clog to take the foot of the metal leg.
use the same coloured wood as your floorboards and they will be of little notice.

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 09:28 PM

+1 on the felt. Works great and it’s very durable. It can certainly handle the weight.


It s possible that feet which are that small MIGHT leave a mark, but an area rug will do NOTHING to alleviate that possibility. HD (and probably Lowes) sells stick-on cushions in thick felt-like material and I also think some that have cork that you could cut to fit each foot. It wouldn t help if the sheer weight of the table dents the wood, but it will surely keep the feet from scratching if any movement should happen.
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http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-4-1-2-in-x-6-in-Heavy-Duty-Self-Adhesive-Felt-Blankets-2-per-Pack-49950/203661133

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#9 posted 12-25-2015 10:54 PM

This is what I am using. Maybe I was using the wrong word? Maybe this is not considered a cleat?
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-Strong-Tie-1-1-4-in-x-36-in-18-Gauge-Strap-LSTA36/100375213

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#10 posted 12-25-2015 10:55 PM

sorry, disregard that last post. wrong forum!

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