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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21 thoughts on “Add Casters To Your Kitchen Table Or Any Other Wood Furniture!

  1. I am a complete novice to building, installing or making anything in general and I needed exactly this video! haha thank you so much!

  2. Hi, I really like your video, it is explained in a very simple language, which makes it very easy to understand. Now, I have three bookshelves where I would like to put casters. Any suggestions on how to tackle this task? In Advance Thanks For Your Answer

  3. I would like to put casters on my side-table. The problem is, the legs are getting too narrow at the bottom, and the caster is larger than it should be. I am thinking about cutting the legs an inch shorter, that would be enough, except I don't think I could do it straight. Or I will drill diagonally. …or…secure a larger piece of wood between the caster and the leg? I could buy smaller casters, but the only one that was smaller has no screw holes, just one rod in the middle – to push in the hole in the centre of the bottom of the leg – but it was a cheap plastic wheel, and I don't want that… anyhow. I will find a way.

  4. Hello! I just finished building a table that is 3 inches lower than my last dining room table. I have everything else on casters so I figured I could also add casters to this new table. Should I install a 3 inch caster, then? I will buy one pair of locking casters as well. Thanks. It looks totally easy.

  5. It is probably a better idea to use snap in or threaded stem casters with sockets. Less chance of splitting the wooden table legs in 1/2, and it is much stronger.

  6. I came here just to find out what size casters I need to buy for my pine chest. Although I still don't know, I'm glad I watched as I hadn't thought about drilling a hole first, before screwing the casters. Thank you!

  7. Incessant chatter in a squeaky voice. Why not just show the work and zip the lip?
    You wasted 2 mins on intro – get to the point!
    You further wasted 30 secs at end – are we here to watch you play chess?
    Zoom in on table leg
    Drill hole
    Drive in screws on caster
    Done. In silence. Words are not needed.

    FYI – hold the drill straight. Drive in the hardware straight. So busy talking, its not even done right.

  8. Oh man. When I saw that you didn't mark the screw positions but used the drill through the caster holes, I had to stop watching. What a cobbled-up mess.

  9. I have a folding dinig table which is amazing for saving space. However need to move it often & want to add castors to legs. Only problem is the legs are metal with black rubbery covers on ends. can I add certain type castors that will attach securely onto my type legs? I can send a pic if you need one? Any help would be so amazing! Jo 🙂

  10. Thank You SO MUCH for this Video!!!!!!!!! I will be adding locking casters to my office desk to raise it above the 'stupid' floor vent. Our floor vents are such a 'headache' to deal with, and I have to keep inventing solutions in order to place pieces of furniture where I want them to 'live' peacefully…

  11. Hi Hippie Geek! Putting casters on my table sized raised garden. If my legs are 2" square would you suggest I get 1.5 inch casters? Worried the 2" plate at top of wheels will make screw holes too close to the edges of the legs, and may split legs. Thanks for any suggestions.

  12. Thank you, Mr. Hippie Geek for your great video. I am a rookie at this stuff and you inspired me to go out and buy a fancy electric screwdriver like yours. Can't wait to drill those holes and install those casters onto my new tv cart. Woohoo!

  13. The locking caster note that you put in at the end is an important tip. Having a table roll out from under you can be a problem when playing board games.

  14. would be awesome to find some casters with rubbery bottom to prevent damaging laminate floor from constant moving
    if i am correct these casters are plastic ?

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