What Kind of Wood Makes the Best Table Legs?

Oak tables convey elegance and strength.

Different Options

Many different options exist when determining a proper wood for table legs. "Long a staple of the American furniture maker" are maple, hickory and pine, according to Wood Guild. Table legs carved out of wood from the Pacific Northwest--like Madrone or Adler--are also known "for their beauty and durability."

It Depends On the Table

The kind of wood you need depends upon the table. Australian lacewood may be suitable for kitchen or coffee table legs, but it is too soft to hold the likes of a pool table. Legs built to withstand the heaviness of slate need the density of a red oak or mahogany.

Bottom Line

Maple wood is best for most table legs; it is known for its availability and affordability. Also, because of its hardness, states Wood Guild, "Maple is suitable for all types of furniture and cabinetry." Very heavy tables, on the other hand, require wood that can withstand the weight. Walnut is also treasured as "one of the most prized hardwoods" for furniture.

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.