Protective banding for base of reversible-top table

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Forum topic by weathersfuori posted 06-28-2018 04:24 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2018 04:24 PM

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Hi all,

Hoping that I am able to explain this well-enough. I am building a red-oak coffee table that has a reversible top (Lego plates mounted on the other side) with storage underneath. Essentially the table top will sit on a box and the 4 legs on each corner of the box. Wondering if you all have any recommendations for protective banding or strips along the edge of the storage box and on the legs to go in between those pieces and the table top. I need something that won’t scratch or otherwise damage the table top. The preference would be something that would also “grab” the top a little so to speak so that it doesn’t slide around on the base too much when in use.

Ideas so far include something like this roll of felt stripping, or perhaps there is some kind of non-marring, protective edge banding that might work for this? I’m concerned that the felt may allow the top to slide around too much when using the table in Lego mode.

Hope that makes sense. Any advice is appreciated!

-- Weathersfuori, Texas,

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#1 posted 07-01-2018 01:31 PM


I would think self-adhesive felt would work well protecting but may not meet the slip resistance requirement.

Self-adhesive rubber would meet both of your requirements; protection and slip resistance. A couple of Christmases ago I received self-adhesive rubber sheets about 6” x 18” x 1/8” (I think) and applied the rubber to shop-made push pads for controlling material at the table saw, router table, etc. It grips well and the adhesive adheres quite well. Unfortunately, since it was a Christmas gift I do not have the source.

I did a search for self-adhesive rubber and came up with rubber floor protectors. These products may be too thick for your application so you may have to spend some time searching for self-adhesive rubber sheets. Here are the self-adhesive rubber products I found in my quick search:

Another possible alternative is cork, although I believe rubber grips better. It can be found as a self-adhesive product or, if not self-adhesive, can be applied with contact cement after the finish has been applied and cured on the project. Here is self-adhesive vice jaw liners evidently incorporating rubber with cork:

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#2 posted 07-02-2018 04:18 PM

Thanks, JBrow! I hadn’t thought about cork… something about that seems a little more aesthetically pleasing than rubber strips in this situation (not that it will be visible very often), for some reason.

I wound up ordering both cork and rubber solutions and will just play around with them to see which works better.

Appreciate the guidance!

-- Weathersfuori, Texas,

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