How To Build a Three-Legged Table

Three legged tables can be used in a variety of ways.  They are great to use as small nightstands if you do not have room for a full-sized one, they make wonderful accent tables for a vase of flowers or a decorative lamp, or they can even be used as a side table in your living room to hold your various remotes for all your electronics.  These tables can be made of virtually any type of wood and look beautiful either stained, so the natural wood grain shows, or painted to go with the décor of your room.  Three legged tables tables can be costly if bought in a retail store.  The good news is that they are relatively simple to construct, and you can do so at a fraction of the cost.

  1. On a 1x10 board, draw the outlines of the three legs of the table.  Make sure that you include a tenon on each of the three legs to attach them to the post of the table.  The legs will be connected to the post by a mortise and tenon connection.  In this type of connection, the tenon (the portion on the wood that sticks out) is inserted into the mortise (the portion of the wood that is indented).
  2. Cut three mortises into the post of the table to fit the tenons.  The post of the table should be at least 20 inches in length.
  3. Slide the tenons on the legs into the mortises on the post.  Ensure that the post stands at a 90 degree angle from the floor once the legs are attached.  This will verify that the table top will be level.
  4. Once you have verified that the post stands in a vertical position, glue the three legs to the table post.
  5. Attach a 2x3 piece of wood to the top of the post.  The table top will rest on this piece.  Make sure that the 2x3 is centered on top of the post and level before attaching the table top.
  6. Cut two half circles from a 1x10 board.  This will make the table top.  Using wood pegs and glue, attach the two halves together.  The finished circle should measure approximately 19 inches in diameter.
  7. Attach the circular table top to the wooden 2x3 with wood glue.  Drill two holes in the 2x3, through the table top and insert pegs in these holes to secure.  Make sure that the holes and pegs are placed at an angle to prevent anyone from being able to lift the top of the table off the base.
  8. Depending on the wood used to construct the table, it may need to be sanded.
  9. Finish the table either with stain or paint.


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