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Forum topic by BartGojjer posted 04-14-2017 05:25 PM 976 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BartGojjer

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04-14-2017 05:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench end table feet

Hello all,

I freelance in in tv, film, and theater, and part of the gigs I get are doing scenic carpentry – outside of that I have no formal carpentry training.

A co-worker asked me to build a “Tetris” themed end table and 2 seats set, and I’m wondering if/how I should add feet to the bottom of the pieces to help them slide across the floor. I think it would be nice if you could relatively easily slide the 3 pieces around across the floor, instead of having to pick them up to move them where you want them. Not sure yet what kind of floor this will be on.

Does adding feet help furniture pieces slide across the floor?

If so, any suggestions on the best way to do this? I imagine it would be good to add some kind of fabric to the bottom of the feet?

I found these two diy articles on making feet and I wonder what you guys think:

http://designsbystudioc.com/how-to-make-furniture-feet/

http://salvagedinspirations.com/the-simplest-way-to-add-furniture-legs/

I want to make the feet very low profile so the finished pieces still look like simple Tetris blocks.

Here’s a picture of their inspiration and a picture of a sketch I made:

As for the rest of the build, I think I’m going to do something similar to this article on banquette benches that I found, where I build a frame out of 2×4’s and face it with 1/2” plywood:

http://www.remodelaholic.com/build-custom-corner-banquette-bench/

I wonder how heavy these finished pieces will be. I also wonder if I should make the frames with 2×3 instead of 2×4, to make the pieces lighter.

Any thoughts are appreciated!

Thank you,

Bart Gojer


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papadan

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 06:41 PM

Stick with the 2×4 for strength. I would just add small casters to the bottom of all the pieces. Use ones like on desk chairs that all swivel. Nice project, good luck with it.

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Ripper70

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 07:10 PM

Magic Sliders

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Loren

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 07:16 PM

I would use nail-on furniture glides. They’re
made of UHMW plastic I think and very slick
on floors. They’re only about 1/2” thick.

Search for “chair glides”. Hardware stores
carry them.

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BartGojjer

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 01:43 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys! Looking forward to sharing this in my “projects”.

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