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Forum topic by Lions43Den posted 02-06-2018 08:16 PM 354 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2018 08:16 PM

I’m brand new to woodworking, but my girlfriend started bragging to her mom about some art piece I made her. So now my mother in law asked me to make a table for my father in law. It’s been fun but I need some advice. It’s to hold a TV and I’m assuming dvd player. I have the legs and top done and the general idea. But I need to attach the top to the legs now. I’m trying to figure out the strongest way to do this.

I want to attach the table inside the legs shown in the pic, with about a half inch of leg sticking out the top.

What advice can you give

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 08:28 PM

need a skirt….not really sure the best way to do it with the way you have legs made..

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 08:34 PM

With almost zero furniture building experience, my personal idea would be to build a frame to fit inside of the legs and set the top on top of it..

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 08:48 PM

need a skirt….not really sure the best way to do it with the way you have legs made..

- buckbuster31

+1. I’m not trying to be mean, but don’t expect any pats on the back for that build. It looks more like legs for a crude shop workbench than something to go into anyone’s living room.

Do a search for something like “simple diy tv stand images” to get a few ideas for a project you can build with your skill set that will look nice.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 09:17 PM

This is a simple table that will be sturdy.

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 09:58 PM

It would help if I knew what the table will be used for and how big it is.
You are going to have a problem with sideways movement without some sort of apron or stretcher between the legs at least part way down.
As far as attaching them to the top. You can add a block across the top inside of each leg. Glue and screw it in securly and then you can screw up through the block into the table top. I suggest using at least two screws and make sure they are not so long they pierce the top but go at least 3/4 of the way into it. There is also metal hardware available for doing this very thing. Just search the internet for “table leg hardware”.

The above illustration shows the legs on the outside of a skirt. They could be put on the inside also and using the block or hardware I mentioned earlier and also screwing to the apron from the inside so the screws don’t show the legs will be reasonably stable.
The insides of those legs are going to be visible so be sure to put a finish on that part too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-06-2018 10:24 PM

Ouch, the idea looked cool in my head lol. Thanks for the honesty. I’m definitely a beginner. This is really my first attempt at something like this. She had some plywood in the garage and said work with that.

There an empty space inside of a hutch and they need something to put in the middle to elevate the tv. So it won’t get much movement, but I do want it to be relatively sturdy. I guess I’m looking to impress the father in law a bit, with my limited material and experience.

The table top is 45’ x 28. Its almost 1.5 inches thick.

Ya, I’m realizing I’m far from done. So I will still be finishing the inside of those legs, if they are even still usable. I had some fun burning and staining, but now I want to make sure if comes together ok, then I’ll touch up any visible surfaces. Thanks again for your help

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 01:58 AM

You can make legs like that, it’s fine. I recently built a vanity with a similar style leg, a post and panel construction. But to get your mind going in the right direction, tops are rarely attached to legs but are attached to aprons connecting the legs or to battens connected to a central stretcher. Get yourself a good basic furniture book to see examples of how tables and cabinetry are put together.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 02-07-2018 02:04 AM

You can do square cut outs. Attach them with long screws to the legs then attach those to the table. Just measure the screws to the lengths you need.

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