Months and months ago, a fellow teacher let me know about a table his wife was selling on a FaceBook site (take a look at this post for tips on finding quality pieces). I fell in love with the legs before anything else – curvy and just overall different from what I have seen in any furniture adventures. My fellow teacher dropped it off at school the next day which meant I had to have my custodian help me load it! So with a huge amount of excitement and an even larger amount of naivete, I got to work on the table top which was a flaking veneer beast. I tried all of the tricks, every one of them. The table top wasn’t able to be salvaged and the legs were put off to the side. For months. This curvy legged table DIY was born out of necessity to fill a large hole in my vendor space at the Vintage Market.
My first post about it was in February. Of 2016!
Thank you to EVERYONE on my Instagram who was supportive throughout this build – it gave me confidence in this piece! Seriously, I *almost* threw these on the burn pile last month as we were purging the workshop in anticipation of listing the farm. I’m so glad they were spared.
The legs are triangular in shape and feature a T shaped support at the top. Using 1X6X10 popular boards laid flat on the shop floor, I flipped the legs upside down to mark and position. You can see my fabulous supervisor in many of the photos!
Because I’ve been on a kick to use little to no money to create projects (the popular boards were from store credit I gained after returning hoards of unused hardware), the boards were strapped together using spare 1X4 and 1X2 pieces. The pieces are meant not only to hold the table top together but also to wedge the T-shape portion of the legs into place. A little bit of sawing was needed to straighten out the edges and then a few sanding passes before it was onto staining.
The stain for the table top is Minwax Jacobean and the top is sealed with a polycrylic matte finish. Using some spare gray paint, I repainted the legs and sealed with polycrylic. The top and legs were kept separate for easy transport and assembly.
After it was all set up in the shop, I can imagine it being an amazing desk for someone or a statement dining piece.
What do you think of the curvy legged table DIY? Would you have saved them or tossed them on the burn pile?