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Forum topic by jimi posted 04-25-2016 06:25 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2016 06:25 PM

Hello all

Working on stool that has the legs splayed at 98 degrees at the front and 95.5 degrees on the side. I believe this is called the splay and rake angles. My question concerns cutting the bottom of the legs so that they sit flat. Do I cut these at a compound angle by set my angle gauge on the TS and and beveling the blade? Thanks

-- Jim, SE PA

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#1 posted 04-25-2016 09:00 PM

Cut the legs to sit flat after you build the stool.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 09:09 PM

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 10:49 PM

I dry assembled the stool on my flat TS top and used a pencil on a thin flat piece of wood to mark the legs all the way around. Problem is that with the 2 angles of the legs, the splay and rake I would have to make the cut at a compound angle, I believe. Maybe I’m not thinking of this right.

-- Jim, SE PA

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 02:01 AM

You’re right—it is a compound angle. But since you already have it marked, it should be easy enough to make the cut with a hand saw—-maybe clean it up with a block plane—-or the table saw method

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 02:00 PM

Jimi check this out.With your stool sitting upright on your flat surface.take a flat square of scrap the same thickness of the material you want gone.Lay it next to the leg then take your favorite Japanese pull cut saw and lay it on top of the scrap and That will be a guide.
After the cut slide the scrap under the cut leg to keep it in position for the next cut on the next leg.
If you don’t have a pull cut saw you can get one of these at the Borg.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 03:59 PM

For Fine adjustments, I have a 3X21 belt sander belt, that the tape broke.

I tape that to the top of my table saw, and can just Drag the “long” leg across it.

It will get the angles exactly right on the bottom, and level the chair.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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