Workshop Tip: Protect outdoor furniture with epoxy foot pads

This method works on outdoor furniture to prevent the feet from wicking water up into the legs and inviting rot, and on indoor furniture to prevent the feet from damaging floors. Create a simple well at the bottom of each foot by applying masking tape as shown, and then pour in a 1/8-in.- thick layer of 5-minute epoxy. Leave the epoxy for a few hours to fully cure and you’ll find it easy to trim with a block plane, making it easy to level the feet. The epoxy can be left transparent, dyed black, or dyed to match the color of the wood. I used it most recently on an outdoor side table.

—NATHAN COUTARD, Charlottesville, Va.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #296

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