Add Casters To Your Kitchen Table Or Any Other Wood Furniture!

Add Casters To Your Kitchen Table Or Any Other Wood Furniture!


Hello everyone and welcome to The Hippie Geeks! In this video we are going to put our kitchen
table on weels and ride it down a half pipe! Well that is only half true and while we are
going to be putting it on wheels, getting it into a half pipe is going to have to wait
for another day. When you have eight people living in the same
house you need to be flexible. We don’t have a lot of space, and the space
we do have needs to be just as flexible as we do. This is our kitchen table, and it is amazing. It is started its life as a desk, but it is
incrediably sturdy and has worked as a table for us for many years. During the day we typically have it pushed
up against a wall, and then slide it out for dinner or to work on projects. Right now it is living a sideways life to
make room for our Christmas tree. Several of my videos have been shot on this
table, and I am sure that many more will be in the future. While we currently have generic felt slider
pads underneath the legs that have worked for many years, they are not a perfect solution. If something hard like a rock gets caught
underneath them, it can scratch the heck out of laminate flooring. They also do not slide very well, and after
years of service the legs have started loosening up and wobbling a bit. It’s time to fix all of that. I was at Lowes looking for pieces that I needed
on another project, when I happened to look down and saw these incrediably affordable
sets of casters at a mere $3.50 per pair. When I saw the deal this project jumped into
the forefront of my mind and I knew it was time to start. I sprinted to the checkout laughing like a
maniac, and headed home to begin. Before starting this project, make sure to
measure the bottom of your table legs. The base of your casters has to fit completely
inside the dimensions bottoms of the legs so that the screw holes will be lined up with
the wood. After that it’s time to remove the felt slider
pads from the bottom of the legs along with the metal pads that were also there. I used my leatherman, though a pocket knife
or flat bladed screwdriver would work just as well. Place your caster on the bottom of the table
leg, making sure that it fits on there. Grab a drill bit that is a little smaller
than the shank of your screws, and then get ready to pre-drill the first hole. You DO NOT want to split your table leg and
that is why we are pre-drilling every hole. Hold the caster in place and carefully drill
thru the center of one of the holes into the wood. This doesnt have to be perfect as you will
not be able to see the actual screws once the table is flipped back over. Once you have the hole drilled, grab your
screw and sink it in. Straighten the caster out if its position
shifted, and get ready to pre-drill the next hole. We are going to do the same thing here, pre-drilling
first and then sinking the screw in. Once you have the first two screws in place
the caster is now secured, and you can pre-drill the last two holes one after the other. Once they are pre-drilled go ahead and sink
in the last two screws and this leg is done. Go around to the other three legs, and follow
the exact same process until you have casters on all four legs. The casters are now installed, but I also
want to fix the slight wobble that the legs have developed. Looking at the base of the legs, you can see
how they are held in place by a square headed bolt that runs thru a sturdy metal plate. I am going to take a crescent wrench, adjust
it to the proper size and tighten down the bolts until they are nice and snug. I am also going to take this chance to tighten
all of the other screws that hold the table together. Once that is done, its time to flip it back
over. Here it is all finished up, and I couldn’t
be happier with the results. The table now freely moves around, which is
perfect for our needs. If you want to be able to have the casters
but also be able to lock it in place, just replace one of the pairs of casters for a
set with a locking mechanism. That will allow you to move it around when
you want to, then secure it in place. This project was purely functional, and it
worked out exactly like I hoped it would. If you decide to put casters on somehthing
in your home, I would love to hear about it in the comments below. If this is your first time here on The Hippie
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