hairpin leg table from le corbusier

Le Corbusier’s beautiful table “Tronc d’arbre“, designed in 1956, made the hairpin leg table famous, and brought notice to its simple formula: a wood slab or plank top + a set of hairpin legs. That formula has inspired a multitude of iterations over the years; it is a relatively simple and impressive d-i-y project, made even easier by a, a whole website offering different kinds and sizes of hairpin legs:

a variety of hairpin table legs to DIY

We found a number of inspiring done-by-themselves examples on the internet. We love kriselkeeper’s entranceway bench, with basic how-to and resources…

inspired by the Nakashima table in Steal This Look: Julianne Moore's West Village Living Room

…and these at You are the River

DIY hairpin leg coffee table
At To the Studs, we found some great info about buying and handling wood slabs for making George Nakashima-esque tables.
wood slabs for d-i-y tables


Search outlets for reclaimed wood by googling “reclaimed wood” or “salvaged lumber” along with your state and city.

Nothin’ we love better than simple formulas with endless possibilities.

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3 replies on “d-i-y hairpin leg table (after Le Corbusier)

  1. My son made a table from a wood slab and these hairpin metal legs. Looks and works great. The metal legs are hand welded, high quality and a great value.

  2. I just purchased some hairpin legs from a Canadian company – Hairpin Legs Canada ( for a reclaimed rock maple slab hall table. Thanks for the inspiration! I love this site.

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