An angled table leg is a type of leg that can be attached to the bottom of tables, desks, cabinets, and the like. Angled legs are typically used for function rather than decor because it gives users more space to place their feet on while using the furniture piece. In addition, it reduces leg fatigue associated with standing up from a seated position. Angled legs are also sometimes referred to as “tilt-in” or “angle in” legs due to the way they’re designed along with their proper installation angle.
For this reason, people may get confused about these different terms when scouring through product catalogs or searching online for furniture items having this feature. However, all three times refer to the same thing, which is an angled table leg. In this article, I will discuss how to make angled table legs. So let us get started.
A Detailed Stepwsie Guide on How to Make Angled Table Legs
- First off, cut your 2×4 into 4″ sections at 5-degree angles on both ends, then smooth out your edges with a belt sander or rasp.
- Then cut your 2×6 into 5″ sections at 5-degree angles on both ends, then smooth out your edges with a belt sander or rasp.
- Draw lines from the bottom of one end of the angled cuts to the top corner of the opposing cuts. Use these lines as guides for drilling holes in each leg section that are just big enough for you to thread through your tenons (you’ll want to size down by about 1/2″ on all drilled holes).
- Cut two 2-1/2″ pieces off your 6′ stair stringer, and drill corresponding holes near the top edge. Sand everything lightly before assembly! Now you’re ready for the next step.
- Next, put your 4″ leg sections on top of your 6″ leg sections on a flat surface with the angled sides touching each other (you’ll use this arrangement to drill holes in the tops of both sets of legs later). Once everything is lined up correctly, clamp all of your pieces together and guide through them at one time to prevent any mismatches or misalignments that would generally cause you problems down the line.
- Remove clamps and set them aside before drilling corresponding holes in both upper corner joints of the 2x4s. Make sure to clean out these upper holes with a wire brush so you can get rid of any sawdust or things before assembling your table!
- Add glue to these upper holes (only), then insert the 2×4 tenons. Make sure everything is lined up correctly before tightening screws. Otherwise, you’ll get some pretty ugly gaps in your joints!
- Drill corresponding holes through your 4″ legs and 6″ leg sections on each of their broadsides (outside edges). Then, assemble by inserting the 6″ tenons into the 4″ legs. Make sure all your pieces are neatly aligned at both ends before tightening screws to keep things looking nice and even.
- Use a miter saw to cut 45-degree angles where the two tabletops will connect, then smooth these cuts with sandpaper or a rasp.
- Put clear plastic tubing over the ends of your table legs so they won’t split or tear out when you tighten screws.
- Attach one-half of an L-bracket at either end to reinforce where the angled cuts are. Next, insert screws into leg sections just enough to fit snugly, then level off your mating surfaces with sandpaper before attaching dowel caps for a finished look.
- Cut two 2″ pieces off of your 6′ stair stringer, drill corresponding holes near each end (you’ll need four total), and attach these new pieces underneath your angled cuts on both sets of legs using wood glue and finishing nails (these will be used to support tabletops). Now you’re ready to make your matching tabletop(s)!
- Cut two 2x4s down to 10″ lengths for each tabletop. Drill corresponding holes at an angle on both ends of one cut side of these pieces, then attach a 1/4″ threaded rod to the angled end with a nut and wingnut (this will allow you to push your tabletops together).
- Cut two pieces from your 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood that is 32-1/2″ long by 25-7/8″ wide for each tabletop. Mark the center point of each piece and where you want them positioned relative to one another, then drill corresponding holes in corresponding corners so all four will match up nicely when pushed together. Sand everything lightly before assembly! Now you’re ready for the next step.
- Cut a 5-degree angle on both ends of one of your tabletop pieces, then smooth these cuts with a belt sander or rasp until your edges are nice and even. Repeat this process for the remaining piece(s).
- Put equal amounts of glue into each mating corner hole, insert threaded rod through all four holes, then tighten nuts to secure tabletop assembly. Make sure everything is lined up correctly before tightening nuts fully!
- Mark locations where you want your angled cutoff pieces attached to tabletops by measuring from the bottom edge to a point 1″ towards the center from each end (these dimensions will vary based on how deep you cut your table legs). Adjust these marks slightly so they’re positioned precisely across from each other before attaching angled pieces with a combination of wood glue and finishing nails.
- Test your table by pushing top(s) together, then mark locations on the underside where you’ll need to attach L-brackets for reinforcement with a marker or pencil. Next, drill corresponding holes in each leg section, then secure with screws.
- Measure the height of one tabletop and the upper edge of legs attached to this one so you can duplicate these measurements at exact proportions on your second tabletop. Next, cut the matching angle into both ends of this piece (just like you did previously), then smooth out cuts with a belt sander or rasp until everything is excellent and even. Now you’re finally ready to roll!
- Attach two 3/4″ hinges (one on each edge) to one of your tabletop pieces, then attach matching brackets to adjustable leg sections. Next, attach the remaining half of the L-brackets to the underside near where you positioned all those other L-brackets earlier before putting everything in place, so you have plenty of room for adjustment. Now just tighten screws until your table rolls freely without any play, then mark corresponding screw holes on the opposite sides that line up with the hinges attached to the tabletop!
I hope this article has offered you all the necessary information on how to make angled table legs. Ensure personal safety while performing the process. Thank you and have a nice day!
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