Wooden Bar stool Help

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Blog entry by lumbermanleonard posted 12-06-2012 07:50 PM 3071 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To anyone who might be able to help me, I am a new wood worker, and for my first project I have agreed to help a friend of the family shorten the legs on a set of round wooden bar stools for some kids. I have run in to trouble with getting the feet to seat properly. I can’t seem to get the angle on the legs right? Any ideas or constructive critizisem is welcome.

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 09:01 PM

Blue tape and reference off a flat surface. Say you want to remove 2”. Tape in that area around the leg. With the stool on a flat table or countertop or tablesaw, take a 2” block and mark the tape all the way around the leg. Cut to the line. File or sand the edges.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 09:49 PM

Thanks for the info. I will try and let you know.

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 11:43 PM

For some reason, it’s impossible for me to post direct youtube links from my iPad but there’s a video from the account popularwoodworking (featuring Chris Schwarz) called “Level Four Feet”. If you have trouble finding it, let me know. I’ll get on my laptop and post a link.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 02:20 AM

For my only stool I did what Dan suggested but with a pencil. Make sure you have a table that is level all the way around, shim as needed to get it level and then make sure the stool on it is level, again shim as needed. Take a block taller then you need and drill a whole at the height you want to remove, insert pencil and draw around all the legs. The hole sees too it the pencil doesn’t move. Now take a hand saw and follow the lines carefully.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 04:55 AM

I had a similar issue when we replaced the floor in our kitchen and the bar stools had rectangular legs with only the corners touching the floor. I wanted to put glides on these legs but there was not enough surface area to attach any reasonable glide.

So I set a bar stool on my table saw, found the highest point I had to remove to get a full flat leg on the floor, stacked up some scrap wood that height, and marked off the perimiter I need to cut off.

The biggest issue was that in order to get the new cut flat on the floor I needed to make compound angle cuts. After some preliminary cuts to get the compound angle set correctly I diss-assembled the stools, cut the legs and we are now sitting pretty on squared, glided feet!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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