Adding legs to a two-part tree round accent table

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Forum topic by DavidBR posted 03-31-2017 08:39 PM 342 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2017 08:39 PM

I recently found a beautiful rosewood round (see below) that I intend to make into a pair of accent tables since it’s split in half.

I don’t want to damage the wood in any way, so I intend to buy some wood blocks, screw the legs into them and then glue those blocks to the rounds. I’ve done some reading on the topic and this forum seems to be the best place to ask my questions (in fact,, was extremely helpful).

I do have a few questions for, though:

1. The tree round is not level, but ideally I’d like the accent tables to be level, so I think the solution will be to fix this either through the wood blocks, or the legs. Is that doable and worth the effort? Any thoughts/experience doing this?

2. I’m considering either hairpin legs or W legs. W legs seem potentially easier and I like the look better, but I wanted to get advice from folks here first. What do you think?

3. Is the best plan, in fact, to screw the legs into the blocks and glue those to the rounds? If so, is Titebond my best bet for glue?

4. The purpose is mostly defeated if I can’t unglue the blocks in the future. Is that doable? Does it change my choice of glues?

Here are pictures of the rounds and links to the legs I’m debating between:

W legs:
Hairpin legs:


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#1 posted 03-31-2017 10:05 PM

Choose the legs you want and vary the thickness of the leg mounting blocks to achieve a level top. Glue the blocks onto the tops with 5 minute epoxy. It will hold strong forever…..or you can remove the blocks with a heat gun. Epoxy will soften and release when too hot, a heat gun will get it hot enough to release without burning the wood. Or just send me those pieces and I’ll dispose of them for you. ;-)

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