Hafele Taller Metal Table Legs for the Do It Yourselfer

635_20_066wheelsHafele 56” Taller Metal Table Legs offer do it yourselfers an option for creating table legs in the exact height they require. At first glance a 56” table leg seems ridiculously oversized unless you’re Yao Ming or Leonid Stadnyk. Look them up if you don’t know who on Earth I’m talking about. While the table legs could conceivably be used at their full height for extremely tall people, the primary intention for the Hafele Taller Metal Table Legs is for the do it yourselfer who wants to create their own table leg. The average person—even a do it yourselfer—does not have access to a smelting plant or a metal forming operation to actually create their own table leg. The next best thing would be the Hafele Taller Metal Table Legs. These table legs can be cut to the size needed with a hacksaw pretty easily. Let’s say for instance that you require table legs for a dining room table you’re building; but, you want the legs to be exactly 31-9/16”. Why do you need the legs to be this exact height? I have no idea; this is a hypothetical scenario after all. Anyway, your search for 31-9/16” table legs is fruitless. Then you encounter the Hafele 56” Taller Metal Table Legs. You think this is the absolute last leg you need since they are so large. Then you remember this brilliant blog you read about the Hafele 56” Taller Metal Table Legs and how they can be cut to size. You buy them, measure them, and hack the bejabbers out of them to get your 31-9/16” table legs. Voila! You didn’t have to settle for shorter table legs or use risers under the table to get the exact height you wanted. That’s the beauty of the Hafele 56” taller metal table legs.

Now what if you need a rolling table leg that is exactly 31-9/16” tall including the casters at the bottom? Then you’re screwed! Just kidding. Would I really do that to you? Actually, the Hafele 56” Taller Metal Table Legs can also be used with casters for a rolling table leg application. The modular design of the Hafele 56” Taller Metal Table Legs not only makes them optimal for modification, but also for adding on third party accessories such as casters, levelers, or floor mounted plates for installation on a boat. The Hafele 56” Taller Metal Table Legs are a versatile workhorse that will be a great addition to your workshop.

How To Install Wood Table and Furniture Legs

P634_27_116How to install a wood table leg/furniture leg is not very different from installing a metal table leg/furniture leg. The primary difference in many cases is that the wood table leg/furniture leg will not be pre-drilled for installation on a mounting plate or threaded bolt. This is not always the case, but does occur frequently. This gives you more freedom for how to install a wood table leg/furniture leg on a mounting plate or threaded bolt of non-standard size. If you have experience in woodworking and feel comfortable drilling your own hole in the wood table leg/furniture leg, I say go ahead as this will save you time and money. If your only experience with woodworking is assembling an IKEA bookcase (and even that didn’t go well) I say save yourself missing fingers and a trip to the hospital and contact a reputable carpenter or other experienced woodworker in your area. For such a small task, I’m sure the carpenter would appreciate if you brought the wood table legs or furniture legs to their shop rather than having them make a trip to your home. You’ll also save some money not having to pay for a home visit.

If your wood table leg/furniture leg will be installed on furniture that does not already have its own mounting plate or threaded bolt for installation, I would recommend going with an M10 thread. This is the standard bolt size for table legs/furniture legs and will save you a headache in the future if you decide to switch to metal table legs/furniture legs or swap out wood table legs/furniture legs. Now that your hole is drilled in the wood table legs/furniture legs and you have your M10 (or other size) mounting plate or threaded bolt, you can continue with your installation. Screw your mounting plate or threaded bolt to the underside of your table or other furniture. I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you to flip your furniture upside down to make this easier. If you’re just now flipping your furniture over, no problem (I didn’t see a thing). Continuing with your installation we reach the last step where you will screw your table legs/furniture legs onto their respective mounting plates or threaded bolts. Make sure the table legs/furniture legs are secure, but do not over tighten them. You don’t want the wood to split. Your table leg/furniture leg installation is now complete. I don’t have to tell you this, but for the sake of my own conscience I’ll advise you to now flip your furniture over onto its new legs before using it. Using your furniture upside down negates all the hard work you put into installing your table legs/furniture legs. I’ll end these installation instructions the same way Pop Tarts instructions are written. Cool briefly before handling. I know it doesn’t make sense, but I don’t care. It’s Christmas. If you’re reading this in April, this really makes no sense. Why am I still writing this? Enjoy your new legs. Cool briefly.

How To Install Table Legs on Wood, Laminate, & Granite Table Tops

Installing table legs on wood, laminate, and granite table tops is not much more difficult than installing table legs on glass tops; but, there will be a few additional steps. If you recall, we covered how to install table legs on glass table tops in a previous blog post. Installation of table legs on wood, laminate, and granite table tops will be nothing like that so hunker down and take notes. If you have table legs already that you are preparing to install on an existing top, please read through these instructions before starting your installation.

1. Position your mounting bracket a minimum of 1” from the corner edge of your table top. For “bunny ear” or “D Shaped” mounting brackets, the rounded edge should be positioned toward the corner of the top.

2. (If installing legs on wood or laminate tops, skip to step 4.) Use a pencil to mark the screw holes where you will drill into your table top. Remove the mounting brackets.

3. Drill your screw holes at the locations you previously marked. Replace the mounting plate over your drilled holes.

4. With a power screwdriver (or manual if you want a workout) affix the screws to the mounting plate.

5. Once your mounting plate has been secured, install your leg on the mounting plate.

6. Repeat steps 1 – 5 for your remaining legs.

Before standing your table top on its new legs, make sure that all screws on the mounting plate are securely tightened and the leg is secure to the mounting plate. Different manufacturers may offer different options for securing the table leg to the mounting plate. Make sure you follow their directions explicitly to avoid a catastrophe later. A table collapsing on your legs is not an enjoyable experience.

How To Install Table Legs on Glass Tops

61271010_Applicationpicture2.1Installing table legs on a glass table top is a very simple process. First and foremost, absolutely no screws. I’m sure this is obvious for the majority of us; but, for those few that have power drills in hand, put it down and step away. No hardware, besides the actual table legs, will be required. Glass top table legs have a unique mounting plate. It is a solid, smooth piece of metal that can either be round, square, triangle, or whatever shape the manufacturer decides. Also have clear silicone adhesive gel or glass glue at the ready. Here are the steps you will follow for how to install your glass top table legs:

1. Place your glass table top on the floor with the underside of the table top facing up.

2. Thoroughly clean the underside of the glass table top.

3. Place a dime sized amount of glue at each mounting point on the table.

4. Place the flat surface of the table leg mounting plate on the dollop of glue and press firmly for a few seconds.

5. Follow the instructions for the glue that you use for your installation. Curing times may range from a few hours to overnight.

6. Once the glue has cured, install your table legs onto the mounting plates and stand your table on the legs.

7. You have successfully completed the installation of your glass top table legs.

When standing your table on the newly installed legs, it’s best to have someone assist you to prevent damage to your glass table top. You don’t want all your hard work going to waste. For more complex table bases that may involve additional components such as the IDEA Rail Support System, the installation process would remain the same. After installing your legs onto the mounting bases that have cured and created a firm seal on the glass table top, you would proceed with the remainder of the installation as normal.

Table Leg and Table Base Styles

DoubleRailTable Legs and Table Bases are fabricated in an assortment of styles and designs other than the normal straight, steel table legs and table bases that we are all accustomed to. Dining tables, conference tables, and desks come in myriad shapes and sizes and a straight leg is not always the most efficient option. For example, H legs might be better suited for a long rectangular table instead of a row of straight table legs. For a child’s desk, you might want something more colorful for their playroom or classroom. There are so many different styles of table legs and bases available and we will go through them here:

Alphabet Table Bases: The Alphabet Table Bases are the C, H, T, and X Bases so named because of how the supports for these bases are constructed. Their design makes them useful for odd configuration or oversized table and desks where straight table legs are not desired or useful.
Folding Table Legs and Bases: Folding Table Legs and Bases come in two different flavors. There is an option for table legs and bases that completely fold under the table top and a secondary option for flip-top folding table bases where the base will remain upright, but the top will flip for convenient storage. The flip-top folding option is particularly useful for rolling table bases.
Glass Top Table Legs: Glass Top Table Legs come with a special mounting plate that is used for glass table tops only. The bracket that comes with glass top table legs is a completely smooth disc for use with silicon bonding gel.
Center Support Table Base: The Center Support Table Base is a modular system that can be configured in any number of unique ways for special desk and table set ups. This system utilizes support rails beneath the table or desk top to evenly distribute the weight and provide ample support.
Designer Table Legs and Bases: Designer Table Legs and Bases encapsulates all of the most interesting table legs and bases. From wavy table legs to tapered legs and everything in between, these legs are meant to make a statement in your home or office.

Beyond these table leg and table base styles, materials such as wood, aluminum, and stainless steel are available to match the desired aesthetic or to provide the durability needed for diverse climates.

Table Leg Height Options and Definitions

leg-heightsWhen confronted with the task of purchasing and/or building tables and desks for the office or for residential applications, knowing how to select the correct table leg height for your application is half the battle. You can go to any website and easily be overwhelmed by the number of available options, making it difficult to decipher whether to purchase desk, counter, or bar height table legs for your table project. Please be certain, with any table leg where height is a consideration, to include the thickness of your table top in the overall height of the table or desk. Here is a brief description, a Cliffs Notes guide if you will, to the standard table leg height designations and for which type of table application they are commonly used:

Desk height table legs: The standard individual desk height leg is probably shorter than you think, if you’ve never actually measured them before. Normally somewhere between 26” and 29” tall, desk height table legs paired with a 1″ or 1-1/2″ thick top should put your finished tabletop surface between 27″ and 30″ tall. These legs are ideal for any desk or table where the user is seated in a standard chair.
Counter height table legs: Counter height table legs typically measure somewhere between 32” and 34” in height, leaving you with a finished table height of approximately 33″ to 36″. These legs are ideal for countertops in kitchens, garages, and workshops where the user is standing or sitting on a low stool. Their elevated height avoids having to lean over to complete an activity, which could cause undue and prolonged strain on your back.
Bar height table legs: Bar height table legs will measure between 39” and 42” tall, giving you a finished work surface of 40″ to 44″ in height. These are most commonly used, not surprisingly, for bar areas where users are either standing or seated on a high stool. Bar height may be too tall for some users to stand and complete tasks, so if stools are not provided it is best to stay on the lower side of the recommended height range.
Height adjustable table legs: Height adjustable legs use larger leveling devices, either at the foot near the floor or at the mounting plate underneath the table top, to drastically change your table leg height. So instead of just desk height or just counter height, you would be able to adjust the height of one desk from desk height to counter height, or even counter height up to bar height. Good websites will have a description of the table leg’s height range, either in the page title or the product details. These are great for hot desking applications or multi-user workstations.
Custom height table legs: Custom height legs allow you to select whatever height you have deemed appropriate for your table and are ideal for extreme conditions such as very short or very tall users. If a company offers custom height desk legs, be ready to wait a bit longer for them than you would other table legs, as they are most likely being made from scratch. The trade-off however, is a desk perfectly suited to your needs.
Also keep in mind that most of these legs will come with a 1″ leveler at the bottom to help adjust for uneven floors. You should also be able to find table and desk pedestal bases with the same height options, if individual table legs take away too much leg or chair room from your table project. I hope this short tutorial will be of some service to you when you face your next table or furniture project, helping you to more knowledgably navigate the online world of table legs.