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Project

Brass-Leg Side Table

Marble and brass give this table a luxe and modern look.

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Introduction

Sources

Philadelphia travertine floor and wall tile, 18" by 18", $15 each, homedepot.com
#10 wood screws, 5/8", $1.25 for 12, homedepot.com
Brass hairpin legs, 12", $105 for 4, reformbrass.etsy.com
Brass strips, .016" by 1" by 36", $4.25 each, midlandhardware.com

Materials

  • Construction adhesive, such as Liquid Nails
  • Plywood, 1/2 inch thick, 18 by 18 inches
  • Putty knife
  • Marble tile, 1/2 inch thick, 18 by 18 inches
  • Sandpaper, 100 grit
  • 4 brass hairpin legs and washers
  • Drill and #10 screws
  • Utility knife
  • 3 brass strips, 1 by 36 inches each
  • Painters’ tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Squeeze adhesive onto plywood and spread it around with putty knife. Place tile on top of plywood, aligning edges exactly. Weigh tile down with a stack of books. Let dry overnight.

  2. Step 2

    With sandpaper, smooth edges and clean up any drips of adhesive. Flip tabletop so it’s plywood-side up. Position a table leg 1/2 inch in from corner and, using drill, washer, and screw, attach to wood. Repeat with other legs. Flip table onto legs.

  3. Step 3

    With utility knife, cut 4 brass strips: two 18-inch-long pieces, and two 18 1/8 inches long. Squeeze adhesive along each strip, then spread it thinly with putty knife. Press 18-inch pieces on opposite sides, then 18⅛- inch pieces on other two, taping after placing each to hold in place while continuing to work. Let adhesive dry overnight; remove tape.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2014

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