The Incredible Shrinking Studio, Part 2: How To Fix a Table Tote


I have a few updates for the shrinking studio article. Some of which were out of necessity, including this one.

The Table Tote I use as the base for my desk is a great innovation. It’s highly portable, and highly stable as a work desk. But it also has one major flaw: the top section of its aluminum legs were cheaply machined and will break over time. Since they still haven’t made any new models to fix this huge flaw (and there are still no competitors in this market), I’ve gone about fixing it myself.

If you plan on doing this yourself, be warned: it involves power tools and a bit of stupidity, so don’t blame me if you hurt yourself.

Here’s what I used:

A power drill.


I like Black and Decker.

A drill bit.


Something that will drill through the aluminum leg and the hard plastic underneath.

A box of random nails.


Actually, you could use a screw and a nut if you were smarter than me. I didn’t have any, so I just used nails.

A hammer.


Unless you’re using screws, then a screwdriver would probably make more sense.



Or some other stimulant so you don’t look like this when you try it.

Keep the plastic bit inside the leg and drill through one of the fake existing holes in the aluminum first (these are just crimped, there is nothing else holding these two pieces together, not even glue). Make sure the hole also digs into the plastic thing underneath just a bit.

Then pull out the plastic bit (if it’s brand new, just twist it a few times or give it a good tug, it will come out), find where you made the hole, and drill all the way through.

You’ll get funny little strips of plastic like this on the drill.


Be careful not to put too much pressure on the drill because this might happen.


Because then you will be stuck with a drill bit this short and have to drill from both sides and have great precision. This is why you should have drank the coffee I mentioned earlier.


Once you’ve drilled all the way through the plastic, push the plastic part back into the aluminum leg and line up the holes.


Take one of those random nails that’s just a bit longer than the leg itself, and hammer it through the other side of the leg. Just like in the following picture.


Then hammer the other side of the nail down so it looks sexy like this:


And, you’re done!

Repeat above for the other three legs (trust me, they’ll all go out eventually), and they will hold up for a much longer time and your Table Tote is now way better.

If you don’t feel like going through all this hassle just to have your Table Tote as awesome as mine, then please, go complain to Table Tote and tell them to fix this flaw. 🙂

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