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Forum topic by Cpowers posted 08-05-2018 08:42 PM 400 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2018 08:42 PM

I have a kids desk project that is nearing completion. I was considering if i should put on some standoffs to help while polying, or should i permenatly nail on furniture glides. The desk will be on carpet.


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#1 posted 08-05-2018 09:28 PM

“standoffs” for painting?? 16d nails or 2” drywall screws will work temporarily.
for carpet, I would use the glides that have the steel bottom vs plastic.


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#2 posted 08-05-2018 10:44 PM

Hi Chris, Welcome to Lumberjocks

During the finish just use whatever you can to hold it up off the floor.

The nail on type will work but I don’t like them.
Don’t even think about the cheap plastic ones John posted, they will pull right out first time you slide the desk any.

If it were me, I would spend a few more pennies and get some nice feet to put on after you do the finish.

I used the ones in the link above and couldn’t have been more happy to have a good quality “adjustable” foot.
I don’t know the size of your legs but the glides in the link are 1 3/8” round so if you think about using them, take that into consideration.

Lowes has some cheaper ones that are adjustable if you wanted.

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#3 posted 08-05-2018 11:07 PM

Listen to jbay. There is real value in having adjustable feet on a desk. You might get the legs perfect, but there’s no guarantee the floor you put it on is flat.

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#4 posted 08-05-2018 11:34 PM

Thanks guys. I was not considering the other benefits of feet. Will pick some up.


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