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Forum topic by Nick2539 posted 03-26-2018 07:47 PM 446 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2018 07:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut modern question

I have this piece of walnut I plan to turn into a coffee table but I need some inspiration for some table legs. I was thinking some sort of industrial look, using steel I beams for the legs and just having a board connecting to each leg. What else would be a good option. The piece is a live edge end grain piece of walnut roughly 5’ by 5’ with a sort of star shape.

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#1 posted 03-26-2018 07:54 PM

Hairpin legs are what jump to my mind first. Would need to pretty big ones to look right with a 5’ diameter table. If you have access to a welder you could do something less off-the-shelf. Could go pretty crazy with the right tools and some #5/#6 rebar.

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#2 posted 03-26-2018 08:02 PM

I’m still in school and this is a slab I brought from home so I have access to both the wood and metal shop so I’m really free to do anything with it.

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#3 posted 03-26-2018 08:07 PM

Use these pieces as sides held together with the I-beam and have a 1/2” glass top …

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#4 posted 03-26-2018 08:07 PM

Hairpin was a thought but the slab is fairly thick about 7” on one side and 5” on the other because it was cut with a 3 foot chainsaw. So it will end up probably end up a little over 4” thick, which made me think some sort of bulkyer legs would be better.

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#5 posted 03-26-2018 08:54 PM

Nick, I would cut rectangular steel tubing and then weld it back together to form two rectangles for the legs. Drill a couple slots in each for lag screws to connect the rectangles to the top. FWIW

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