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Yesterday, and built my first table. I got these legs (https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60261626/) from ikea, and screwed it into a wooden table stop. The problem was, the table top is too thin, so when I screw the legs in, the pointy end of the screw protrude beyond the wood on the other side of the table top.

- What can I do, and what do I need to buy to sand down the protruded pointy end on the other side of the table? The pointy end of the screw protrude about 1mm to 2mm on the other side of the table top.

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This is how the legs are screw into the table top: https://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/0391757_PE559978_S5.JPG

My finished table look very similar to this picture: https://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/0403325_PE565384_S5.JPG
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Take the screws to a hard ware store and ask for screws just like them but 1/8" or 3mm shorter.
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Working without a photo or knowing the material of the table top, but if the screws have actually protruded through the top surface, you have a hole. Your sample table looks like some kind of veneered particle board and there not much you can do that I am aware of. If the holes are really tiny you could try a little drywall crack filler then a dab of matching wood stain on a Q-tip; it might work. If the screws have just pushed up the veneer without breaking through, you could try to flatten it back down using a c-clamp and some scrap wood for blocking. Even if there is a hole, you might try flattening it down as well since the screw has probably pushed it out a bit. I don't think sanding is an option.


I have knocked off the points of screws on a grinder but it's tricky and they can get launched rather vigorously. Better to find slightly shorter screws as suggested.
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Working without a photo or knowing the material of the table top, but if the screws have actually protruded through the top surface, you have a hole. Your sample table looks like some kind of veneered particle board and there not much you can do that I am aware of. If the holes are really tiny you could try a little drywall crack filler then a dab of matching wood stain on a Q-tip; it might work. If the screws have just pushed up the veneer without breaking through, you could try to flatten it back down using a c-clamp and some scrap wood for blocking. Even if there is a hole, you might try flattening it down as well since the screw has probably pushed it out a bit. I don't think sanding is an option.


I have knocked off the points of screws on a grinder but it's tricky and they can get launched rather vigorously. Better to find slightly shorter screws as suggested.
I took a few pictures when I got home today. On the 2nd and 3rd picture, I tried as best as I could to get the are where the sharp end of the screws protruded to the other side of the table. I think the table is just laminated wood.

https://imgur.com/a/dRsyPCs

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If I understand you correctly, you are advising me to push the screw back down? I don't know if this is the right solution because that would loosen the leg baseplate. The screws are there to secure the leg baseplate to the underside of the table. If I mis-understood you, please clarify.

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I took a few pictures when I got home today. On the 2nd and 3rd picture, I tried as best as I could to get the are where the sharp end of the screws protruded to the other side of the table. I think the table is just laminated wood.

https://imgur.com/a/dRsyPCs

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If I understand you correctly, you are advising me to push the screw back down? I don't know if this is the right solution because that would loosen the leg baseplate. The screws are there to secure the leg baseplate to the underside of the table. If I mis-understood you, please clarify.

Thanks again.
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Buy shorter screws, they come in thousands of sizes and shapes.
That or use a flat washer thick enough to prevent the screw from penetrating the topside.


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Off subject, but that's not how i would mount the legs if the top is of the material I suspect it is. I'd screw the legs to a 1x6 square then glue the 1x6 to the table bottom using a paper glue joint. Screws in fake wood is often a wobbly disaster in a short time.
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Off subject, but that's not how i would mount the legs if the top is of the material I suspect it is. I'd screw the legs to a 1x6 square then glue the 1x6 to the table bottom using a paper glue joint. Screws in fake wood is often a wobbly disaster in a short time.

Hm.... interesting. Thank you for pointing that out. Learn something new every day. Now, let's see how long my first self built table will last. :-)
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I took a few pictures when I got home today. On the 2nd and 3rd picture, I tried as best as I could to get the are where the sharp end of the screws protruded to the other side of the table. I think the table is just laminated wood.

https://imgur.com/a/dRsyPCs

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If I understand you correctly, you are advising me to push the screw back down? I don't know if this is the right solution because that would loosen the leg baseplate. The screws are there to secure the leg baseplate to the underside of the table. If I mis-understood you, please clarify.

Thanks again.

Yup - you've got holes. I don't think I mentioned pushing the screws back. Perhaps it was my words. You need shorter screws (or washers).


I really can't tell from the photo. The veneer could be wood and therefore suitable hole filling and light sanding. You would have to match the sheen of the sealing coat (varathane, etc). However, from what I have seen from Ikea I suspect it is a printed vinyl veneer.
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