This is a kitchen table with hairpin legs and is probably my favourite piece. I did not make the legs as I am not confident enough to weld this well and also I badly needed a kitchen table!
I bought the legs for £50 from a hairpin leg company with the useful name of thehairpinlegcompany.com. I was a little worried about the weight of 6omm thick ply and Imbuia so I got the 12mm, 3 bar legs but honestly, I think 10mm single loops would have sufficied. Really well made and I do think that they can turn any random piece of wood into something beautiful.
My only wish is that the holes to attach to the table top were slots which would mean that any mistakes would be more forgiving.
Regardless, I look forward to buying them for another project soon!
As for the table top it was pretty easy. All I needed was:
- Old pine floorboards cut into strips
- Some Imbuia floorboards cut into strips
- cascamite (or Polymite resin glue)
- Tung oil
- Hours and Hours of sanding
- sash clamps
Oh… and the use of thousands of pounds worth of machinery from The London Sculpture Workshop. To be fair I might have been able to make it without the facilities at LSW but not without the advice of the owner Giles.
As well as the correct glue, he advised me on basic things such as staggering the grain so that the table will not warp.
The bench in the photos below is not mine*
* my boss asked me to make up a rough bench for a family meal and I got a bit carried away. Now my better half has seen it and wants one too!