I seem to be drawn to pedestal tables. They are pretty, don’t take up much space and can be used in various rooms. In my recent on-line auction haul I picked up a slew of side tables…EIGHT to be exact. Included were two small matching mahogany tables from Bombay Company. When I got them home, they not only needed the tops refinished, the legs were wobbly and needed to be glued. The gluing part is not issue. The issue is how to clamp them!
Have you ever tried to clamp a tri-legged table? There are ways to do it but it can require bar clamps, blocks of wood and numerous other devices I just don’t have. And there was no way I was going to stand there for an hour and press the legs into the slots.
So I got creative.
First, I used a spare plastic syringe we have for administering a drug to our dog, to help squirt the glue into the gap.
Then for the clamping! How about
I rummaged in the kitchen for thick elastic bands which I then stretched and wrapped around the legs to pull them inward.
I still stood there pressing for 10 minutes or so and
The legs were not super loose so the gaps were small.
For the second table, I placed a tray with a full can of wax on top of the overturned table and that worked even better!
Perhaps this makes me look a bit unsophisticated and lacking in the tool department
but I make up with it in
Have you ever tried to clamp tri-legged pedestal legs?
Is there a way I didn’t find or think of?
Should I be embarrassed for my lack of tools?
Stay tuned for the transformation I have planned
for these little beauties!
It is another adventure into experimentation and
I think the end result will be
Nicer Than New!