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Forum topic by woodetal posted 05-20-2020 05:28 PM 265 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodetal

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05-20-2020 05:28 PM

First the question, then the story: What is the best path to add leg extensions to bedside tables? Matching the finish is another issue, a poly mission red finish from years gone by. Now the story. The bedside tables were made to match a stickley style cal king bed, spindle head and foot boards. I have LONG forgotten what I used as a poly and perhaps stain on the side tables. The significant other wanted to replace the mattress. I was fine with what ever she wanted. Well the new mattress is @ 7+inches higher than the original. That makes my side tables seven or so inches too short. AND, I made matching mission lamps with mica lampshades that match the furniture. So, I need to lift the side tables up around seven inches. Otherwise I am replacing the side tables and making two new ones. I have too many projects to get this done now or in the near future. So I have made a test of four leg extensions of 7 inches that I will Frankenstein on to the legs for the needed height adjustment.
Attaching the leg extensions by dowels of biscuits appears to be the best answer. I could design a stretcher for the sides and center to add some support. Or just go with the dowel type of connection. Thoughts on the finish, extensions and connection welcome. I will file this in the finishing forum as well. Best, Brian.


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Walker

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#1 posted 05-20-2020 05:36 PM

how about dowel screws?

To mask the joint line, why not make it a feature? Like add a stripe, say a 2” wide extension of a contrasting color, then a 5” extension. Might not fit with the overall aesthetic. Pictures would help.

-- ~Walker

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woodetal

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#2 posted 05-20-2020 05:52 PM



how about dowel screws? To mask the joint line, why not make it a feature? Like add a stripe, say a 2” wide extension of a contrasting color, then a 5” extension. Might not fit with the overall aesthetic. Pictures would help.

- Walker


I never thought of that. What do you think about attaching the extensions? The table is at a second house so I will retrieve photos soon. Great thought on the design feature!

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#3 posted 05-24-2020 04:29 PM

Is there a way you can lower the mattress? For example: The foundation “box springs” under my foam mattress is very stiff. There is very little difference between it and resting on a sheet of 3/4” plywood. If you have such a foundation, maybe you could replace it with a sheet of plywood. You may need some additional slats to support it.

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#4 posted 05-24-2020 08:26 PM

Yeah, it sounds like a mattress 7” thicker than the original is designed to go directly on a platform…

Replacing the box spring with a piece of plywood sounds like an easy choice to try at least.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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