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Resizing Bar Stools

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 2672 days ago 4118 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to resize some bar stools. At first I thought it was going to be really simple but after seeing how the legs had bowed a little from age and realizing that if I just went to cutting the legs off as I had imagined when I took the job, I would end up with weeble-wooble worthless bar stools. So… I made a jig for my sliding table. It’s really complicated (not really). I just used a brad nailer to place stops on a piece of MDF so that I could use the bar stools’ rungs (or whatever you call them) to line the legs up correctly and cut them near 6”, but all the same. It worked great. The stools were solid as a rock. This is not a jig I plan on keeping, so mind you it looks like crap, but it sure did the trick. I used the table’s stop to line up the rungs and the jig just acted like a sled keeping it aligned.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com





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cajunpen

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#1 posted 2672 days ago

Pretty clever.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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PanamaJack

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#2 posted 2671 days ago

Tom, Great idea and thanks for helping me at the same time. My wife has been wanting me to do this to a bar stool we have in the basement and cut it down to make a small table out of it. It has bowed legs a little worse than this. I was thinking the same thing about the wobble effect.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Larry

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#3 posted 2671 days ago

My thanks also – as I needed to cut down a couple of bar stools and was hating the idea – of getting the wobbly affect. That jig will work perfect.
Larry

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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David

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#4 posted 2670 days ago

Great idea for a jig!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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