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Forum topic by ScottM posted 03-31-2016 03:44 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottM

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03-31-2016 03:44 PM

Hi guys,
I’m currently working on a set of small occasional tables that can be stacked and placed in a corner or something when not in use. These will be small tables, 18” square tops and 18” tall. I have hardwood floors over concrete slabs and, of course, nothing is flat. So when these tables are placed where they will be used I know they will not sit flat. I HATE that.

So how do you guys solve issues like that? I built a table for my daughter once and I knew this same thing would happen in her old apartment so I drilled a couple of countersinks in the bottom of two of the legs and put a screw in each. That way when she placed it where she needed, she could adjust the screws in or out to compensate for the uneven floors. I was thinking of doing the same thing with these new ones but thought I would check with the masses first to see what sort of clever ideas pop up.

Thanks in advance for the ideas.


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#1 posted 03-31-2016 04:14 PM

I’ve done basically what you said but used leg levelers which are basically thumb screws with a rubber head. I’d recommend those over flat head screws because you don’t need a driver to adjust them and they won’t mar your hardwood floors. If the tables will hold a lot of weight, you will need a threaded insert in the bottom of the legs. If they’re just light duty, you can get by with just tapping threads into the legs themselves (depending on what kind of wood it is of course).

If it’s not too late and it works for your design, you could use 3 legs instead of 4. 3 legs never wobble.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ScottM

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 04:23 PM

Part of my issue is that I don’t want anything visible like a foot or anything sticking off the bottom. Maybe there is something like a padded head screw?

I guess I could just do like I do at restaurants; just shove a sugar packet or folded up napkin under one leg!

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 04:26 PM

I like the self adhesive fuzzy feet to keep it from scratching. Also this gives just a bit of allowance depending how unflat the floor is in that area.

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 04:47 PM

I do what SirIrb said.
Bill

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 04:53 PM



I like the self adhesive fuzzy feet to keep it from scratching. Also this gives just a bit of allowance depending how unflat the floor is in that area.

- SirIrb

Same here. I think if the floor was really far off, you could shim it with layers of adhesive-backed felt or something between the bottom of the leg and the stick-on foot.

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 03-31-2016 04:53 PM



Part of my issue is that I don t want anything visible like a foot or anything sticking off the bottom. Maybe there is something like a padded head screw?

I guess I could just do like I do at restaurants; just shove a sugar packet or folded up napkin under one leg!

- ScottM

How about a nylon screw?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 03-31-2016 05:15 PM

The tables are small & movable? Then you can’t shim them for specific locations. There are self levelling feet.

Beyond that try a matchbook or a packet of sugar as needed. Lol

M

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ScottM

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 06:16 PM

Right, small and moveable so I’m thinking I may have to wait and see what happens once I get them together and try various things. The way I’m picturing, once I put them somewhere, for whatever occasion, they won’t get moved. I’m thinking the felt pads will probably be the best at this point, but I won’t know until it happens.

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