Stop Table Wobbles!





Introduction: Stop Table Wobbles!

Tired of spilling coffee on your homework papers or laptop keyboard? Don't waste perfectly good napkins to stop the wobble. Stick a few of these cork discs in your backpack or pocket and use them to steady that shaky table.

Step 1: Save That Cork

The next time you open a bottle of wine, save that cork. Or, raid your friends' jar o' corks -- you know, the one they say is holding the corks for their next homemade bulletin board project.

Step 2: Cut Cork Into Discs

You have a few options:

1. Cut all the way through and create lots of little discs, or
2. Cut almost all the way through and leave the discs attached to one another, or
3. Create a combo of 1 and 2.

I like option 2 because I can tear off the thickness that I need.

Tip: Rolling the cork a little as you saw through helps.

Step 3: Be Prepared

Put the cork discs in the bags you are most likely to carry to a cafe. I stick a few in my backpack and my purse. They are very small and lightweight, so I don't notice them until I need them.

Step 4: Cork Discs to the Rescue

The next time you're sitting at a wobbly table, take out a disc and place it under the table leg that seems to be lifting off the ground. It may take a couple seconds of experimenting, but you'll be able to figure out how thick the disc needs to be to make the table rock solid.



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    While the cork is a great idea, it takes time and it takes cork. For busy restaurant owners and managers have you ever tried Wobble Wedges? They're durable, have traction, can be stacked, etc. We use them on rock and brick patios and they work great.

    Great idea. Check out the solution to that age old problem of wobbly tables. No need for corks.

    Cutting the cork into a doorstop wedge is a heaps better option. It accounts for a range of different heights in tables, and it looks much better than paper stuck under there by annoyed customers. The problem is that the next day when the tables are put out in the morning, they aren't in the same position, which is especially true when it isn't on solid ground. So this kind of problem reoccurs every day.

    The synthetic cork should be immobilized as if it were in a clamp or a vise. Use a serrated blade, like a hacksaw or a "small toothed" steak knife. Never try to cut tough cylindrical, non-fibrous synthetic materials with a plain "toothless" blade when they are loose.

    Nah, I just roll the plastic cork gently back and forth on my work table. It cuts just fine with a gentle rolling motion and a sharp blade.

    Wear leather work gloves if you like, but most importantly wear eye protection.

    Finger cuts can be stitched. Bionic eyes are not yet available in high resolution and full color.

    Ahhh, much better than using a doorstop. Yes, I carry around two or three doorstops with me, and often use them to level tables. The problem is forgetting to retrieve them. This way, I can just stick a few cork disks in a film cannister and who cares if they get left behind! Even a couple of self-stick ones would come in handy... Great idea! I have too many corks, I just toss them in that drawer in the kitchen that stuff like this goes into. Chop chop chop

    This is awesome for my local coffee shop. Following Randomleigh's ideas, I store them in a film canister and I added a bit of self-stick foam tape to the cork disks. I leave the backing on until I am ready to de-wobble a table. The tape really works. otherwise when they mop the floor at night, the disk gets swept up. I only use the synthetic corks and cut them easily with a regular Stanley utility knife. In the photo you can see the plastic key chain table wedges sold at hardware stores. These are about 3/16" (5mm) at the thick end. So that is how thick I cut my wedges too.


    The one on the right won't work. Trust me, you'll cut your finger off before you cut through it, I've tried.

    @A good name: If you mean the synthetic cork, I was able to cut through it fine with my swiss army knife. You definitely want to be careful anytime you use sharp instruments, though, so your comment is well taken.

    Hmmm... Cork I've never had a problem with (a real cork, not synthetic) albeit it might not cut properly, however I've tried time and time again (even with really, really big knives) to cut the synthetics for projects, and it doesn't work.