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DIY Hairpin Leg Console Table

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This post shares a super easy DIY hairpin leg console table that makes a very simple project!

DIY Hairpin Leg Console Table

This quick and unplanned DIY hairpin leg console table has turned out to be a really great piece. I had a 52-inch piece of wood left over from another project, and it was the perfect size for a console-type table in a skinny little pass-through area we have in our apartment. I ordered some hairpin legs because I’ve been dying to make something with hairpin legs. The legs were a total splurge, but I love them!

This is an easy project that would be a great intro into furniture making. Since it’s a console table that doesn’t hold much weight, I didn’t have to worry about building support into the underside of the table; I just finished my table top and screwed the legs on!

DIY Hairpin Leg Console Table

HERE’S WHAT I USED

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  • 10 feet (length) x 9 inches (width) x 3/4 inch (thickness) piece of pine—Home Depot cut it down for me in the store.
  • Power sander and 220-grit sandpaper
  • Rust-Oleum wood stain in Golden Oak
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin (for interior)
  • Tack cloth, rag, paint brushes (great deal on chip brushes here)
  • Legs, leg hardware, and a power drill. I got my legs on Etsy…you can browse the various hairpin legs and shops here. I was looking for a very specific height, so I had them custom made. You can browse ready-to-go legs here on Amazon.

And here’s how I made my DIY Hairpin Leg Console Table

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Step 1: Sand and prep

Even though the wood is unfinished, I gave it a good sand to break the surface and smooth out the edges. I sanded at an angle to round the edges just a bit. After sanding, I wiped it down with tack cloth and gave it a coat of stain. (Read more about staining here.)

I wanted a lighter stain for this piece so that I’d have a nice contrast with the legs. I was iffy about the Golden Oak while it was going on, but I think it turned out really nice.

Piece of plywood

Step 2: Finish the piece

I wanted a very matte finish for this piece, so I gave it three coats of satin water-based polyurethane. I sanded very lightly between coats to smooth out any brush strokes and air bubbles.

DIY Hairpin Leg Console Table

Step 3: Attach hairpin legs to the table

When the finish dried, I attached my legs using a power drill. (I bought my hairpin legs already finished.)

This was tricky and a little scary because my piece of wood is only 3/4 of an inch thick, so I didn’t want the screws to go all the way through the wood or split it. But I also needed them to be beefy enough to hold the legs in place.

Attaching hairpin legs

And here’s the final product! What do you think? A super easy table that really only needs a piece of wood and four legs! And it fits perfectly in this super narrow spot in our apartment.

DIY Hairpin Leg Console Table

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Rose

Friday 20th of October 2017

Great console table. I'm going for the cubbyhole console table and raw steel hairpin legs. If you're looking for more height choices, check out www.diyhairpinlegs.com. They also do custom made legs if you can't find the right legs.

Kathy

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Love your table! Would you mind sharing where you had your legs custom made at? I'm not looking for a specific height, but rather a smaller base plate. I want to make a narrow table like you (max 10"), and almost all base plates are 4.75-5", so they will just barely fit. Your base plates look smaller, so I'd love to know where you had them made? Thanks!!

Brittany Merth

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Thank you!! I used Tarheel Custom Wood on Etsy. I have also had table legs made by EConWelding on Etsy. Both were fantastic to work with!

Lori jones

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Hello love your table!!! I am wondering what height did you use? I have some reclaimed boards that would make a great table, but I am not sure of what height I should have it at. I am going to use it for our front entrance area. Thanks Lori

Brittany Merth

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Hey Lori! I used 36" legs, but to be honest, I'd knock a few inches off and probably go with 34" if I could go back. It also depends on how thick your boards are. If they are pretty thick, I'd knock that down to 32" or 33", even. Good luck!

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