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How to Make a Table Using a Log and Old Chair Legs (page 2 of 2)

Learn how to make a pair of accent tables using rough-cut lumber and old metal chair legs.

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Remove the Bark

If desired, take off the bark from the side of the wood slab.

Prep the Wood

Sand both pieces of wood entirely, including the sides. Start with 80 grit sandpaper then work up to 120 grit. Wipe away the dust with a damp rag and let dry.

Apply Wax

Coat the top of the wood with a dark wax, rubbing it in circular motion with rag. Let it dry and the repeat the process.

Determine Leg Placement

Lay the wood face down on a drop cloth. Place the metal legs in center of wood. In case the metal base is slanted or bent, use a shim to make sure the legs will sit level. Double check with a level.

Attach Legs to Top

Place washer over screw and drill it into place securing the base of the wood. Use a level to ensure evenness, tighten or loosen the screws accordingly.

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.

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