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Forum topic by juliep posted 02-24-2012 08:39 AM 1294 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2012 08:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: slab walnut coffee table unsteady wobble

Hello wood magicians!!

I have a wee bit of a problem. I have made a gorgeous narrow walnut slab coffee table: 2” x 13.5” x 42” x 18.5” high.

It has: a tapered 2” x 10.5” x 16.5” slab leg on one end;
a 2” x 2.25” x 28” “floor beam?” that is cross-lapped with the slab leg;
a 1.25” x 1.25 x ~18” rod set at a 70-degree angle from the “floor beam” to the bottom of the slab on the other end;
PLUS a 2” x 2.25” x 10.5” cross-lap on the “floor beam” at the point of the diagonal rod.

This table sits perfectly level on the workbench with no wobble; however, on carpet it becomes unsteady. Because the table is already glued, screwed and finished my options are quite limited. I need HELP.

My first thought was to drill some holes along the bottom of the “floor beam” and ends of the cross-lap pieces on the floor and fill them with some sort of weighted material. (Do they still sell shot? Where would one buy it?) My second thought is that there MUST be someone on this forum who has a simple solution.

Many thanks for your suggestions.

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 09:34 AM

With a heavier piece of furniture, the carpet gets compacted. Perhaps you could try compacting the carpet; making it a bit flatter.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 11:39 AM

What about screw in feet on the table that you could adjust to the particular floor. If they were small enough, you’d never see them. Or… another type of foot on the bottom that would allow you to better balance the table.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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