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Extending Wooden Support Legs
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:04:22 PM »
I would like to extend my layout's support legs (2"x3"s) by 6 inches. Is there a simple way to do this without leg disassembly?

Here's the background: My initial modules were built with 48" legs. I am experimenting with the next (currently freestanding) module  with 54" legs and I like the appearance much better. (Harder to work on but much better viewing angle). But now I would need to increase the original 3 modules ((2) 16"x6' & (1) 24"x48") by 6". Sounds simple so far.

The first (middle) 16"x6' module was constructed with 4 legs. The 2nd & 3rd connecting modules with 2 legs all using 1"x3" box construction (South Jersey flatlands). The 3 modules all tightly straddle bookshelves (see my blog for my stupidity decisions: July 16, 2011http://rickb773-prsl.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-09-12T15:39:00-07:00&max-results=10&start=20&by-date=false).

I was going to replace the 2x3s with longer 1x3s and then realized that the current legs have attaching screws on 2 sides which includes the sides where the modules are attached together. If I need to disassemble the modules to get to the side screws I will have to destroy the connecting streets and scenery which hide the joints. Something I would like to avoid.

So the question is: Is there any simple way to add 6" to the bottom of the existing legs???

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 02:28:09 PM »
I've seen a few members here add PVC pipe to the bottom to get the extended height.
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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 02:48:39 PM »
I've seen a few members here add PVC pipe to the bottom to get the extended height.
How do you add PVC pipe to the bottom of a wooden 2x3?

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 03:56:58 PM »
How do you add PVC pipe to the bottom of a wooden 2x3?

Find a way to lift the layout about 12" with jacks or some friends. Slip on some 3"id x 9" long PVC and then bolt through pipe and inner 2x3.  Its obviously easier if it was a 2x2 or a 3x3.
You may find that the easiest way is to remove one leg at a time, mod it, and then install and work your way down the line.
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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 04:10:04 PM »
Saw off the old legs & add new ones

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 04:28:47 PM »
You may find that the easiest way is to remove one leg at a time, mod it, and then install and work your way down the line.
I wouldn't have a problem if I actually could remove the legs (one at a time). The issue is getting the 1 1/2" screws off the 2nd side that is mated to the next module. I'm sure I could undo the screws from the outer sides but even if I leverage the leg out I'm still stuck dealing with sharp protruding screws that are trapped/blocked by the end pieces of the adjoining module.

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 05:01:20 PM »
Can you lift the layout of the ground or is attached to a wall?

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 05:21:21 PM »
I wouldn't have a problem if I actually could remove the legs (one at a time). The issue is getting the 1 1/2" screws off the 2nd side that is mated to the next module. I'm sure I could undo the screws from the outer sides but even if I leverage the leg out I'm still stuck dealing with sharp protruding screws that are trapped/blocked by the end pieces of the adjoining module.

Ok,
Like Flagger and I said, can you liift it so that it can be jacked to the height you want and then mod legs?
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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 08:38:52 PM »
Gentlemen, thank you for your input.
Yes I can raise the modules but I don't want to push out further from the wall which I imagine the round PCV pipe would do. (I already have more than enough stuff dropping behind the open shelving.)

A question? Would something like a tie plate on 2 sides enable me to accomplish adding a similar 6" 2x3 to the bottom.
See: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100375260/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=wood+tie&storeId=10051

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 08:44:12 PM »
yes a tie plate would work,but why not just scew some wood of the same dimension but only one foot long to the inside of your   L

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2012, 08:47:11 PM »
Saw off the old legs & add new ones
This is what I'd do..Just cut the old legs off flush,and screw/glue in new ones..Also,I always put adjusters on the end of my legs..

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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 04:31:23 PM »
Rick,
 if you just want to extend your module legs how about using something like this?http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Materials-Builders-Hardware/h_d1/N-5yc1vZaqzs/R-100375233/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051

I realize they are probably more money than you wanted to spend ,but they would make a stronger splice.
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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2012, 07:59:40 PM »
I agree with CATT that the corner tie plates would have been the better solution but I took the cheepie way out and used straight tie plates, one on each side. 58 cents each for 4 legs x 2 = $4.64.

Not a recommended practice but they worked.



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Re: Extending Wooden Support Legs
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2012, 12:28:45 AM »
Don't see why straight plates on each side wouldn't work.  They can't easily bend sideways, and with two on opposite sides, one would have to stretch to bend either one.
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