Mar 132014
 

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!

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Yup! We still have snow!

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.

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The tip could have been smaller but it did help to get the glue into the gaps.

Then for the clamping!  How about
ELASTIC BANDS??!

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

IT WORKED!!!! 

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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!

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The full can supplied just the right amount of pressure.

Perhaps this makes me look a bit unsophisticated and lacking in the tool department
but I make up with it in
ingenuity!
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!

Joan

 

 

 

 

  8 Responses to “Clamping Adventure”

  1. I can’t wait to see what you do with those pie crust stands! Resorting to rubber bands is something done more than you know. I did it for a candy cane basket at Christmas time. There is nothing wrong with your determination to get the job done ๐Ÿ™‚

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award on the blog http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2014/03/liebster-award.html where you can grab a badge and have fun with the other bloggers.

    It will be fun to learn more about you. Have a great week~

    Robin
    @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    • Thank you for dropping by and nominating me for the Liebster Award. However, I have already been nominated and completed the process. It was so much fun! The tables will be posted this weekend. Need a few more tweeks! Have a great weekend!

  2. […] this week, I shared my “Clamping Adventure” where I used elastic bands to clamp the legs for a tri-legged pedestal table.  As silly as it […]

  3. More tables! ๐Ÿ˜€ These are really cute! Great job on the legs!

  4. Wow, I never would have thought to use elastic bands, so clever! I can’t wait to see the transformation! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  5. I think that’s pretty darn clever! Hey, if it works, it works and I wouldn’t question it. Thanks for sharing this at my History & Home link party, hope you’ll join again next Tuesday. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  6. So clever!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday…
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  7. DIY clamps. ๐Ÿ™‚ Terrific. Make do. That’s what my mother always said. Featuring. Pinning.

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