# How to join a vertical and horizontal pole?

2 years ago I built a desk with 1/2" galvanized steel pipe legs. Silly me did not think of the stability of the table during planning and I built it with 4 free standing legs, the legs are not connected together. This resulted in a table that is not completely stable and sways with a good push.

The legs are the perfect height and I'd like to avoid making additional cuts to fit tee couplings to connect them.

So my question: How do I connect the middle of a vertical pole to the end of a horizontal pole?

I can't think of the words for this type of connector but I'm thinking of something like this clamp I saw. Any other ideas are also appreciated

Image is from an electronic drum set assembly instructions. I remember the clamp from when I was a kid. Not sure the exact site.

• Can you not just disconnect one leg, make your connection and then re-attach ? A photo of your actual desk legs may help. Key Clamps, Structural pipe fittings ? Drill holes in legs, attach board across back legs ? fasten desk to wall Jun 29, 2020 at 20:34
• It may require cutting your vertical pipes and adding threads for a tee. Then two horizontal pipes from the tee's connected in the middle with a union. Or go with the key clamps. Jun 29, 2020 at 21:00
• @AlaskaMan Cutting the pipes is what he doesn't want to do. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:35
• Where did you see the clamps you pictured? (Providing the image source is expected at Home Improvement, BTW. Please edit your post to indicate that.) Go back to that source, see what they call them, and see if they sell them. Also, note that diagonal brace between the leg & upright? That's what you really need - diagonals. Jun 30, 2020 at 13:15
• @SteveWellens Yes i did read that. Just because he does not want to cut them does not mean that it is not a viable ( or the correct ) solution to the problem. Options for 1/2' pipe are limited. He is free to hack it if he chooses to and i am free to suggest a proper way to do it. Jun 30, 2020 at 19:23