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Maker Interview with Adam From Lazy Guy DIY

1. Tell us a little about you - how’d you get into making in the first place?

Like a lot of people, I started out as a designated ladder holder for my dad when I was a kid. I did a lot of standing around with a minimal amount of complaining (okay, probably a lot of complaining), but most importantly I did a lot of observing. Even though I missed out on some quality video game playing, I learned about tools, materials and problem solving whether I realized it at the time or not. Fast forward to my “first” senior year of college and I designed my first original piece of furniture in an industrial design class. It was an expanding wardrobe that went from 3 feet wide to 6 feet wide (patent pending) with clothes still in it. At that point I knew I was interested in making stuff, but it took several years until I had the space and means to really do it. Once that happened Lazy Guy DIY kind of fell into place.




2. Where do you do most of your work on your DIY projects?

We have an almost 90 year old Craftsman Style home that has an old corrugated metal (leaky when it rains) detached one car garage that I’ve been converting into my workshop the last few years. I first started building in our basement, but after I stained a project down there (with windows and doors open) it still took about a week to get the residual fumes out. So I made my move... err my wife strongly suggested I make the move. It’s small, but I love it. It's got a ton of personality. It’s like a cozy rustic/industrial Man Cave these days.

 



3. What was the first DIY furniture project you ever made? Any lessons learned to share with people from that?

Ha, I apparently got ahead of myself talking about the expandable wardrobe, but that was in college and I barely remember any of that. The first DIY furniture project I did with the glimmer of an idea that I would be launching a website was a children’s table and chairs. I originally saw plans on Ana White who offers great plans for anyone looking to get into woodworking, but I knew I didn’t want to be a knock off builder. So I started with her basic plans and made it my own by adding a chalk paint top with an inset bin for storing all the chalk. There’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from someone else’s work, just give them the credit. When I have a new client commission I always ask for them to create a Pinterest board with ideas they like and then I design with those inspiration pieces in mind. It’s a great time to be a maker because you’re not limited to print media or firsthand experiences to expand your craft and scope.
 




4. What was your first “big tool purchase”?

My first “big tool” purchase was actually paid for by my wife. She got me a RIDGID Sliding Compound Miter Saw…with lasers. She’s gotten me a few big tools for anniversaries (because she’s incredibly supportive and awesome), but I remember staring at the box and then grinning from ear to ear the first time I pressed the trigger. I recently upgraded to a different saw, but I want to make sure that tool finds a happy home with a new maker that will appreciate it as much as I did.


5. What inspired you to create this project?

Surprisingly, I don’t have a single piece of furniture that I’ve built. It’s sad, I know. I die a little inside each time a new piece leaves my shop. Ha! You can sympathize with my wife that has a growing list of build requests, but when it comes down to it, almost everything I build is a client commission. But don’t worry, I am building my first piece for our house right now! For this featured build, I had a client ask for a giant custom dining room table that would match some funky chairs they found that were all different colors. So I designed what I’ve been calling my “patchwork plank” style that would match the un-matchable. Generally, when I design a build I want it to be something that anyone can build so I can share the build plans on my website. So there’s a happy balance that goes into my work where I want it to look great for the client, but also be something I know other people can recreate in their own shops no matter what their skill level.

6. Why’d you pick hairpin legs for this project?

Rustic and industrial was the theme the clients were looking for and I knew hairpin legs would be a great fit for them. The legs are budget friendly and give a project an awesome finished modern feel. Plus… transport is so much easier when you can take the legs off and then reassemble onsite. Everything is pre-drilled and included, you can’t go wrong.


7. What was the most complicated part of this build?

I've made a handful of patchwork plank top pieces and every time I've made one I've assembled it differently. From pocket holes in every single board with a framework underneath for support to attaching the planks to a backer board, it all works. It's just a matter of how much weight you want to add and how level you can get the surface. The biggest issue comes down to size. Don't giggle. Size does matter. When your shop is this small and projects get as big as this table, you have to make sure you have a plan in how to accommodate your tools for making cuts and still being able to assemble everything.

8. What was your favorite part of this project?

It's always fun when you get to run to your local Home Depot and then say I would like one can of every stain color please. Then comes the important part of mixing and matching to see what stains look right next to each other. You would be surprised how difficult that gets but the end results makes for an awesome piece and a happy client when you nail it.


9. If you could only share one Instagram channel for DIY inspiration who would that be and why?

My friend Tamar from @3x3Customs is a beast. She churns out so much quality content and is fairly new to woodworking. She's fearless when it comes to trying new techniques and sharing her wins and losses. There's a real movement of women getting into fine woodworking right now and I dig it because this has been a predominantly male saturated market. All you need is a saw and an idea and you can make great things no matter who you are.

10. Anything else you’d like to share with our followers on the blog?

Never stop trying new techniques to expand your craft. It's easy to get into a rut when you're first starting out and building the exact same table over and over. Try something new each time you make something. Not long ago I was building with only construction grade lumber and using pocket holes for the first time. Now I'm using hardwoods and jointing with bow tie inlays and adding epoxy insets. I'm not expertly trained and I'm winging it 99% of the time, but each new experience is something I can build on. If you want to follow along on my wild ride head over to www.LazyGuyDIY.com

November 15, 2017 by Matt Jensen

IKEA Hacks: 3 Fun DIY Hairpin Legs Projects

With a new IKEA store here in our hometown, we’ve been thinking of some attractive pieces we can put together using DIY hairpin legs and found materials. For inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite IKEA hacks.

Wood + Steel Hairpin Leg Table

Wood and metal furniture is trending this year, adding a rustic warmth and rugged texture to all sorts of spaces. You can create your own reclaimed industrial look by using old wood and hairpin legs, or start fresh with new materials.

IKEA hack (before) JOKKMOKK table without hairpin legs
The JOKKMOKK dining set, straight out of the IKEA box (via IKEA)

If you have an existing table, say an IKEA JOKKMOKK dining set, you can follow this tutorial by Gina Morrison at Acute Designs to salvage the top and refinish your way to a more modern vibe. Add chairs (or not, if a coffee table) to complete the look.

IKEA hack (after) JOKKMOKK table with hairpin legs by Acute Designs

A modern update to the IKEA JOKKMOKK table by Gina Morrison (via Acute Designs)

Even easier, start with a new IKEA table top such as the Gerton (beech) or Hilver (bamboo), and add a hairpin leg to each corner. Our sets of four steel hairpin legs are currently on sale, with sizes ranging from coffee table ready (6") to desk or dining table height (28").

Bamboo Box Planter

’Tis the season for succulents. From Trader Joe’s to hardware stores to oh-so-easy-to-add-to-cart delivery services such as The Sill, these hardy little beauties are popping up everywhere.


IKEA hack: succulent planter box by Crystal Owens

IKEA bamboo box planter by Crystal Owens (via A Pumpkin and A Princess)

If you’ve been meaning to add some green to your home without cutting down your money tree, you can follow Crystal Owens’s lead, and plant several succulents together in an IKEA bamboo box. The IKEA Variera makes a nice standalone planter when combined with our four 6" hairpin legs.

Hairpin Legs Cabinet

Inspired by this beautiful Modern Arks wood record cabinet, we’ve got our sights set on IKEA’s EKET cabinet. Adding legs gets this piece off the floor, and provides easier access to items on the bottom shelf. With a taller square shape, the EKET feels less retro and more appropriate for different office and bathroom settings.


Large reclaimed wood record cabinet by Modern Arks

Reclaimed wood record cabinet by Modern Arks (via Scoutmob)


IKEA’s EKET cabinet has lots of potential (via IKEA)

 

Have you found success hacking together hairpin legs and existing elements? Send details our way! We’d love to hear what you’re making.

November 14, 2017 by Jen Hyde

Maker Interview: Katherine Hyman

Tell us a little about you - how’d you get into making?

I wanted to redecorate our house and I couldn't find the furniture I wanted for a price I could afford, so I turned to Pinterest and Ana White for help. I've always loved making things, and I ended up really enjoying woodworking. After that, I just kept going. Now I mostly design and build furniture for clients. 

Where do you do most of your work on your DIY projects?

My shop alternates between the garage and the basement, depending on the size of the project.

What was the first DIY furniture project you ever made? Any lessons learned to share with people from that?

The first piece I ever built was an X-base TV console from Ana White plans. I didn't even know how to use a saw before I started! In retrospect, I probably should have started with a smaller project, but I like to drink from the fire hose. It took me weeks to complete because I had no idea what I was doing, and I really wish I had known about clamps! That was the big takeaway for me - use clamps.

What was your first “big tool purchase”?

When I realized my hobby was becoming a business, I knew I couldn't get by with just a miter saw and a power drill anymore. I bought a planer and table saw together. That's when I felt like a real woodworker, haha.

What inspired you to create this project?

We have a sweet babysitter who is a young and recently got married. I wanted to build her a dining table - I remember so clearly what it was like to start off as newlyweds with no furniture, eating off the kitchen counter or on the couch.

 

Why’d you pick hairpin legs for this project?

She really liked the modern-industrial look, so the hairpin legs were perfect for it.

What was the most complicated part of this build?

Hmmm. I'm not sure - the hairpin legs made it way easier than if the base were wood! Making a tabletop perfectly smooth is always a bit of a challenge, especially with knotty alder. Planked tops look nice in photos, but no one wants to eat off of an uneven kitchen table.

What was your favorite part of this project?

Staining. The finishing process always brings pieces to life. 

Do you have any future project ideas you would like to use our legs/shelves for?

I'd love to make a kids' table shaped like our home state (Ohio) with some colorful hairpin legs.

If you could only share one Instagram channel for DIY inspiration who would that be and why?

There are so many I follow, it's hard to choose. I'd probably say 3x3custom - Tamar has all these clever jigs she builds and is always building something new. Plus, her Instagram feed somehow makes the woodworking process look pretty, and for me it's usually not pretty at all - I'm always covered in sawdust.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our followers on the blog?

Challenge yourself. You never know what you can do if you don't try.

You can see more of Katherine's work on Instagram

October 30, 2017 by Matt Jensen

DIY Maker Interview Kinsey Olson

Tell us a little about you - how’d you get into making?

My name is Kinsey Olson! I’ve always been a maker and a doer. The older I’ve gotten, the more adventurous I’ve become with my making. I currently am a pediatric nurse and own a watercolor design company based out of Springfield, MO.

When I met my husband, Chris, he also had that making and doing bug running through his blood and I think he has pushed me further and further into this realm.

A year and a half ago, we bought our first little, 1950’s ranch style home. It was a doozy! We’re talking popcorn ceiling, country tan paint, cat urine smelly carpet… most things that normal people would be like “okay, next!” but we fell in love. We were terrified, on a major budget and knew everything in the house would be DIY. We refinished the beautiful original hardwoods, knocked out walls, tore down the popcorn ceiling, painted every square inch and cried only a couple times that first month.

 
Then, we took on a full bathroom renovation to start out. This was fairly easy (Chris would probably say something completely different!) and within our scope of DIY. Then, the kitchen came along… we cried a lot more by this point.



The thing that works so well between Chris and I is that I am the dreamer and he is the doer that teaches me along the way. He takes my idea and transforms them a million times past my expectations. He is patient when it comes to teaching me! Butcher block counters, farmhouse sink that looks out the window, white cabinets, matte black hardware and a big subway tile wall with open shelves all while staying somewhat mid-century modern! Hint: This is where DIY Hairpin Legs comes into play.

Where do you do most of your work on your DIY projects?

We do most of the work on our home scattered throughout different rooms and also in Chris’s workshop in the garage!

What was the first DIY furniture project you ever made? Any lessons learned to share with people from that?

When Chris and I first started dating, for his birthday I made him a side table that was an old tree trunk I found on the side of the road. I nailed (I didn’t even have a drill at the time) caster legs on the bottom. I did all of this on my tiny fire escape balcony at my old loft in downtown Kansas City, MO. It was janky, but I was PROUD. We actually still have it and it sits proudly in our living room.

What was your first “big tool purchase”?

About three years ago we dropped the big bucks and bought just about every cool tool that Dewalt tools had at the time. Chris was in heaven.

What inspired you to create this project?

Creating a home together is a number one priority for us. We want our space to be enjoyed by many, to fill people’s hearts with peace and for everyone to feel welcome. The open shelving was a dream of mine from the beginning and it allows us to display all the beautiful pieces we’ve collected throughout the years and it just feels warm and inviting to me.

Why’d you pick hairpin legs (or shelf brackets) for this project?

The hairpin shelves fit great with the vibe of our home and they honestly look so fantastic against the subway tile. I liked the diversity in colors and that I had options all at a reasonable price!

What was the most complicated part of this build?

We thought the most complicated part would drilling the screws through the subway tile to support the brackets. We ended up being able to mason around the screw holes thanks to Chris’s brilliant idea! That way, we didn’t go through the subway tile and potentially break the tiles and our hard work.

What was your favorite part of this project?

Creating this kitchen has been a dream. It has brought us closer, already been a space our friends enjoy and will hopefully be a space our family feels safe, protected and at peace in.

IF you could only share one Instagram channel for DIY inspiration who would that be and why?

Julia Marcum! @Chrislovesjulia! Their DIY home renovation has been a source of endless inspiration for me! They are personable, vulnerable and real!

Anything else you’d like to share with our followers on the blog?

Don’t let the outward appearance stop you from creating something of your own. If we would have listened to everyone that told us this home was a bad idea, our kitchen dreams couldn’t happen on a DIY budget or that we were going to make the first year and a half of our marriage a nightmare (btw- this has been our favorite part of marriage!) by also renovating a home- we wouldn’t be here today! Also, having someone that you love doing things with, especially DIY projects, makes everything so much fun.
October 23, 2017 by Matt Jensen

DIY Maker Interview: Amanda Stores

We love hearing the stories of DIY Makers like Amanda and the projects they're working on! If you'd like to share your story give us a shout.

DIY: Tell us a little about you - how’d you get into making in the first place?

Amanda: I have always loved doing any type of art, but found my passion in wood when I started wood burning. Wood burning isn’t exactly the first hobby people run to, or know much about, which is why I love doing it. It explores the possibilities of using a type of sauntering iron pen with various tips onto the many different types of wood. I didn’t know that each wood would respond to the wood burner in unexpected ways. Sometimes the pen burns quickly over the surfaces of cedar and basswood, but it might take longer to burn oak or maple. Not only the type of wood, but the wood piece itself could make my pen drag along the grains differently. It was just a matter of time before wood scraps started piling up in our garage.

DIY:  Where do you do most of your work on your DIY projects?

Amanda: When we moved into our home, I realized that my husband and I would finally have a place to practice our woodworking, and for me to have a place to do my art. Our garage is covered in sawdust, but it brings us enjoyment to do projects together. My art room is where I do the intricate details.

DIY:  What was your first “big tool purchase”?

Amanda: My first big tool purchase was probably a sander.  For my wood burning projects, I had used my husband’s tools from before we were married and knew that I needed the surface of the wood to be smooth in order to woodburn on it, so I invested in a sander.

DIY:  What was the first DIY furniture project you ever made?

Amanda: Any lessons learned to share with people from that? The first DIY furniture project I did by myself was an 8 ft x 3 ft long art desk. I needed a place to land, and this desk could fit in a cubby in my art room perfectly. There was only one problem, I was in my second trimester of pregnancy. My husband will tell you that there is no stopping or changing the mind of a pregnant mama. One morning, I went down to our garage and just started using our miter saw to chop boards into parallelograms and triangles. The pattern started forming, but nothing was quite touching the right way. I finished the pattern on one side and then realized that it would drive me crazy if the other side of the desk was different than the first. That prompted me to keep chopping and placing pieces together until the patterns met in the middle. I didn’t finish the desk until I was 36 weeks pregnant. The funny part was that I had our baby one week later.

DIY:  What inspired you to create this project?

Amanda: I honestly needed a place to my art projects. We had done the dreaded apartment life for three years while my husband finished school, and my art crowded up our dining room and balcony. We are now blessed with a home, but now there wasn’t a desk to fit that huge space. All the typical desks at stores were flimsy and scratched easily. I was wanting something made by my own hands, which is why I made the desk.

DIY:  Why’d you pick hairpin legs for this project?

Amanda: I know I could have cut legs out of wood, but I wanted something visually feminine for my art room. I also love promoting small businesses whenever I can.

DIY:  What was the most complicated part of this build?

Amanda: It was probably being pregnant. I had to take so many breaks and then I was frustrated with the fact that not all of the pieces didn’t touch perfectly.

DIY:  What was your favorite part of this project?

Amanda: My favorite part was staining it. Staining this project, or any wood burned project is the signal that it is completed.

DIY:  IF you could only share one Instagram channel for DIY inspiration who would that be and why?

Amanda: I would say @werrellwoodworks. I watched how their quilted wood designs always looked so unique and beautiful, and their work inspired me to make a pattern out of wood. It definitely didn’t turn out the way I expected, or anything like what they do, but I love my desk.

DIY:  Anything else you’d like to share with our followers on the blog?

Amanda: I would say to just try and expand on what you already love doing. When I started wood burning, I thought that is where it would stop. I loved working with wood and wood burning, and now I am starting to love the art of woodworking alongside my husband. If you want to see more about this project or my other art projects, please take a minute to check out www.amandastores.com.

October 05, 2017 by Matt Jensen

Potential Shipping Delays Next Week Due to Hurricane Irma:

Still Faster Than Most!

As a team, we care deeply about being the most reliable supplier of hairpin legs in the country and many of our makers rely on us for their business needs. We also care deeply about our team, employees, vendors, suppliers and partners.

It's in this spirit that we wanted to take a moment to share with our customers, friends and followers that we are prepared for Hurricane Irma as best we can be, however, depending on the storm's track we, unfortunately, may incur some shipping delays. 

So, why mention anything about this if there is only the potential for shipping delays? First and foremost, that's just who we are. We like to be upfront with our customers and share things as we know them. Secondly, even if we're off by a day, we're still going to be faster than the majority of our competition. :-) 

Here are the key updates to know from our team to yours regarding potential impacts to our shipping timelines due to Hurricane Irma:

  • We will be shipping any raw steel orders that come in through 9pm EDT on September 7th as normal on September 8th.
  • Our facilities (production and fulfillment) will be closed on Monday, September 11th.
  • Assuming all of our facilities are in good working order AND that our team/employees are safe to return to work, we will resume operations as normal on Tuesday September 12th. 
  • If for any reason, we are unable to resume operations as normal, we will update all of our customers and this website in real-time.

With that, we're getting back to making great hairpin legs and accessories! :-)

Send a pic our way of what you have made or a note to us on Instagram @diyhairpinlegs. Fun words from our customers will surely keep spirits high and help urge our shipping partners to get us back up and running post Irma. 

-Elton

COO | Co-Founder 
DIY Hairpin Legs

 

September 07, 2017 by Elton Rivas

5 Modern DIY Hairpin Leg Project Inspirations

1. Marble Side Table

DIY Hairpin Legs product feat. : 20" Hairpin Legs - Black

Casey and Bridget over at DIY Playbook nailed it with this super simple side table design with set of our 20" black powder coated hairpin legs. See how they did it here. You wouldn't think about attaching metal hairpin legs to marble would be easy, but they have the perfect solution! 

2. TRANSFORMABLE HAIRPIN LEG DESKTOP

Rachel over at A Beautiful Mess, is CRAZY creative with this 2 for 1 desk design. Check out this amazing budget friendly build with a set of our Mint 28" DIY Hairpin Legs. Some plywood, screws and hairpin legs go a LONG way! Now if we could figure out where to find that pink Eames shell rocker!

3. Foyer Bench

Ever wish you could create some Socal / Joshua Tree vibes at home? Well, here you go! Natalia is super creative! You can follow her inspiring lifestyle blog at Curious Natalia. To recreate this clean modern bench grab a set of our 16" DIY Hairpin Legs and a piece of project paneling from your local hardware store. Project panel? Ya, Home Depot stocks a lot of pre-cut plywood and even has pine or local lumber planked and joined together.  We like this water based polyurethane. 

4. DIY Geometric Desk

With a miter saw, strips of lathe or repurposed hardwood flooring you can create amazing designs that 100% unique. 28" legs are the standard height for most project like this. 

5. DIY Coffee Shop Tables

 

Ever go to a coffee shop and think "I would kill to have this table in my house"? That's how we feel about these tables Chill Zone Coffee in Arlington, VA. Did you know you can square up some budget friendly 2x4's, stagger them, join them together, seal them and have an amazing table? Throw on a set of our heavy duty 1/2" hairpin legs and boom, coffee shop design at home. About dialing in the that espresso...best to leave that to the pro's. :) 

 

April 10, 2017 by Matt Jensen

How Much Weight can Hairpin Legs Hold and Which Ones Should I Get?

 

"How much weight can your hairpin legs hold?" or "Which hairpin legs are right for...?"

These are the two most common question we get each day by far, so we thought we'd share a little more information about them with you.

The simplest, non scientific, real world answer is this:

  • If one person can pick up and move your table or desk easily then 3/8” 2 rod legs will be great.
  • If your table table or furniture is a “two person lift” then go with 1/2” diameter legs.
  • If your table or furniture is a “two strong people lift” then go with 1/2” 3 rod legs.

We haven’t had any issue with welds breaking or legs bending under normal loads. 

Let's Talk Wobble for a Minute...

We aren’t structural engineers but we know this: the taller the legs get, the more opportunity for “wobble” in the table top.

There are three options to decrease wobble:
  • Use a 3 rod hairpin leg
  • Use 1/2” diameter rod 
  • Or both :-)

For example if you are building a foyer table with a slab on top. 30” - 36” 3/8” legs are common for this. A foyer table doesn’t see much action so 3/8” 2 rods will usually be great.

But if your were looking to build a kitchen island for bar stools to pull up to for eating or a stand up desk then adding a third rod and or going with 1/2” makes sense because it will get bumped, leaned on and used regularly.

Coffee tables, side tables, standard desks are usually fitted with 2 rod - 3/8” legs.

Hope that helps you select the right legs for your project. As always we are here to help, contact us for more info!

Happy Making!

February 16, 2017 by Matt Jensen

What Hairpin Legs Should I Get?

January 12, 2017 by Matt Jensen
Beautiful. Design-Oriented. Metallic. Gold. Here's the Rub...

Beautiful. Design-Oriented. Metallic. Gold. Here's the Rub...

Ever since we started producing hairpin legs in early 2015, we've been excited about bringing a line of metallic hairpin legs to market for our Makers. Then, once we got rolling and started growing it took a little bit of a backseat to raw steel hairpin legs and other powder coated colors. 

Yet, our great community of DIY'ers and Makers alike kept pushing us for metallic and especially gold metallic legs.

We got excited and towards the end of 2017 we went to work on finding just the right shade, finish and quality for a powder-coated finish... figuring that a 24k gold plated leg might be a bit pricey. :-)

The truth is that it's one of the tougher finishes to achieve through powder coating as it's a two step process with a chrome base layer and then just the right shade of gold applied with a clear-coat finish afterwards. When they are done just right, wow... they look amazing. The tough part about this is that the process takes a skilled hand/eye and a lot more time than a regular flat powder coated hairpin leg finish. Therefore, it costs double to get done right. 

But, when they do come out right... whoa! They look amazing.

So, here's the rub... we wanted to bring these prices down for you, before listing them, but we're not to the price we wanted to be at yet. We debated not listing the legs OR doing a pre-sale to hit a minimum order quantity for a lower price. Based on more requests for them from Makers and DIY'ers, we decided to go ahead and list the legs at a price that allows us to sell them, ship them and keep a high level of quality.

If you have a customer that wants some gold legs or need them for a DIY project, you can order the 2 Rod Gold Hairpin Legs starting today.

As we grow we are always trying to bring prices down to better serve customers. In the future, we'll also be looking to add a new line of design-oriented hairpin legs. Shoot us a note if you have any product finishes you'd like to see added like rose gold, chrome, copper, etc. 

We can't wait to see what you make with these beauties!

To your success,

Matt 

 

January 05, 2017 by Matt Jensen