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Brass-Leg Side Table

With a flat surface and legs from a few great sources (along with a drill and a handful of screws), you can easily construct one table — or more! — to suit your home's needs. Here, marble and brass give this table a luxe and modern look.

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2014

Introduction

A table can be the heart of the kitchen, or the indispensable spot where homework gets done, or even just the handy perch for a cup of tea when you curl up with a good book. But any table is little more than a flat surface and some legs.

 

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

 

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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. 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. 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. 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.

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