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Literary Table Legs

Image courtesy of instructables.com

Image courtesy of instructables.com

Yes, you will need a tabletop for these legs. You need to find that separately; have fun picking the tabletop that accents your style. If that sounds daunting, before you dismiss the project, just consider how cool, cultured, and enlightened you will feel having a table built out of the written word.

This Make Table Legs Out of Books project requires the heavy machinery: drills, goggles, and steel rods are a few of the items you will need to build the foundation for your new table. The steel reinforces the pile of books that make each leg.

Instructables pro Jessyratfink writes that the number of hardcover books you need will be determined by how tall you want the table, and it’s best to have similar sizes throughout. This design will work for a coffee table, a desk, or a dining table.

“Once you know how tall you want them to be, try to get an average thickness on the books you’re considering and buy just a few more books than you’ll need,” she says. “Once they’re compressed you might find you need an extra book to help them line up!”

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  1. These are great ideas! I’ve done the secret hollow book before using the same tutorial you referenced. Be warned that it takes a really LONG time to cut out all of those pages. The wreath looks rad. I’ll try that next.

  2. I am a purse freak, I still cry a little inside when my daughter carries one of my favs that I passed on to her cause she loved it, and I love her more than the purse. But this is awsome, I am determined to do this. Now I just have to find the perfect book, which is hard because I love to read and have a hard time getting rid of any of the ones I have, even for trade. Funny huh

  3. When I first saw the title to this article, I thought “Are these people NUTS?” But then I saw the beautiful and quirky results and was simply tickled. Unfortunately, not all books can be salvaged, sold, and / or rescued. These projects bring a fun life to books that have LITERALLY failed the test of time.

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