Cleats and Hairpin Legs?

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Forum topic by iTrauco posted 10-13-2015 03:00 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2015 03:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hairpin legs cleats door to desk conversion thoughts

I have no experience with woodworking, but after many years of envious devotion, to the projects a close friend of mine completes, I have decided to finally do something about… I am moving back to Atlanta in 2 weeks, and I have already registered for a class at Highland Woodworking. Until then, I am stuck scouring the fringes of the internet, Pinterest, and Youtube, for the answer to my question, to no avail.

I wish I had more pictures to show you, but right now I am just in the preliminary planning phase of this project. I am just trying to ensure I have the supplies I need once I return to GA.

I envision a 60×30 desk using these hairpin legs, and converting an old door I salvaged from a house a few years ago. I just need a general answer to this question…

Are cleats required when attaching hairpin legs to a table that will be used as a desk or table?

Most videos on the net show people attaching hairpin legs directly to the table top with nothing else… However, a few websites stress that to keep the table flat for long tables and desks, they should be used.


I am mainly using this project to develop learn the basics of sanding and staining, and filling holes and cracks.

-- "I want to put a ding in the universe." - The late Steve Jobs

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 12:06 AM

It would depend on the thickness of your top (you do not want screws coming through the top!) You can glue a block to the underside of the table to allow you to use longer screws for more strength. I hope this is what you were asking as the “cleats” confused me.

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 01:56 AM

If the door is already flat then cleats won’t be needed as the the door pictured is frame and panel. Just be careful when drilling that you don’t go all the way through w/ the screw holes. What are you going to put on top to make it flat?

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