For years, we custom made these as the need arose. But Tom Witzig said, "Why can't you make them in a more economical way, making more at once in standard size?" Well, of course, we could. He helped us choose sizes by telling us his experiences and one of the blacksmiths developed the ability to make these quickly and for a reasonable price.
Used on 3 and 4 legged table bases, table spiders add strength and help prevent the legs from splaying. As tables age, the dovetails shrink and the legs can become more mobile than when they were first built?then the use of a spider becomes very important.
The legs of the spiders are long, so that if you wish to hammer yours to follow the inside contour of the leg, you will have plenty of length to work with. If you don't need the extra length, you can cut the leg off past the first screw hole. Raw iron finish, supplied with screws.
TS-5 is is the right size for a candlestand or a tip table, and even smaller pedestal base tables. From the center hole, the legs are 5" long and 1/4" wide at the narrowest point.
TS-6 is the right size for a large pedestal base, such as those used in large dining room tables. From the center hole, the legs are 6" long and 1/2" wide at the narrowest point.
Do you need a different size? Provide a pattern and we will make one to your specs.
three legger spider, April 16, 2018 By Anonymous (POMONA, NJ)(Verified)
Phone conversation before purchase confirmed details about the spider and determined that it is what my table needs. Spider was delivered promptly and is exactly as described. I purchased my first Horton product in 1979, and will return again whenever I need hardware.
Table Spider, January 12, 2015 By Anonymous (Winston Salem, NC)
Very easy to bend/shape to curve of legs. Horton has always been a pleasure to deal with!
A needed product, October 1, 2014 By Acadian Antique Reproductions (Duson, LA)
I'm not aware of anyone else carrying these and I would probably fore-go using a support system if these weren't available. A quality product that is well worth using.