I'm doing a one-off project for a much-needed small dining space in the holiday home.

I have a set of 4 hairpin legs at 106cm each that I want to use for a bar table. I want a nice table top but want to keep it under AUS$100 if possible, whilst ensuring stability.

Have seen finished/stained acacia panels at Bunnings that are the perfect length/depth (1800 x 600) for what we need, but are only 18mm thick.

Any recommendations on how I can combine the 2 for a sturdy bar/dining table/kitchen island?

I was going to buy 2 panels, sand one side of each down, wood glue and nail together. Then attach the legs and add a centre leg for a support piece.

Yes? No? Rookie-error alert? Lol

Open to suggestions as I am NOT a woodworker by any stretch - just a pregnant woman wanting to get it done, give it a crack and take one thing off hubby's to-do list (I have teenage hands to help with lifting). 🙂

  • Bar table/breakfast bar is more accurate.
    – Cherry
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 8:44
  • Hi, welcome to StackExchange. Have you considered that maybe hairpin legs aren't the ideal candidate for this? As for the top, 18mm in any decent hardwood (and some softwoods!) is perfectly adequate for a medium-sized table, even one likely to see more use than this, if the legs/leg structure is suitable and attached properly.
    – Graphus
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 9:33
  • To expand upon the @Graphus comment, 18mm cannot span the overall size of the table without sagging. Many tables have tops this thickness, but supported by aprons between the legs. You need to be able to connect aprons to the legs to carry the top properly.
    – Ashlar
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 18:36
  • @Ashlar, ??? There's basically no potential for sag here, even in pine 18mm should be perfectly capable of spanning the width without sagging to any degree in service. It's the inherent wobbliness of tall hairpin legs (and their unknown attachment to the tabletop) that would concern me.
    – Graphus
    Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 10:20
  • Sounds Cool! Let me know how it works out Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 20:26


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