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08-17-2017 02:50 PM

I recently made a workbench for myself. It isn’t quite finished yet, so I haven’t posted it.

I originally meant it to be about an 1/2” shorter than my table saw, but it turned out to be about a 1/2 too high. I’m not sure where I measured wrong, but there it is.

It’s all glued up and heavy. Any ideas on how to evenly shorten the legs so it won’t wobble?

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs


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#1 posted 08-17-2017 03:56 PM

Are the long stretchers glued in as well? If you could separate it into two end assemblies it’d be a whole lot easier to cut down.

If not, just carefully mark and cut with a circular saw or hand saw. If it wobbles a little, stick a couple of shims under it.

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#2 posted 08-17-2017 04:17 PM

It would be easier I think to remove the top
and shorten the tops of the legs. Of course
I don’t know what’s behind the skirts so
this may not be easy. You would scribe
around the end of each leg with a marking
gauge. Make shallow guide cuts on all four
sides of the leg, then saw into the corners
following the kerf, deepen the cuts on the
sides until the cut is done. If you’re careful
the end should be pretty flat.

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#3 posted 08-17-2017 04:27 PM

If your tablesaw is on a mobile base, it may be easier to add a piece of plywood between the mobile base and saw. This would raise the saw either 1/2” or 3/4”, and should make the current bench height work.

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#4 posted 08-17-2017 05:23 PM

I like Pinto’s idea. Or you can find a flat and level spot, mark the dimension (~1”?) Jack the bench legs up by 1/4” and trim them with a Jamb Saw – you can rent one for about $25.

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 05:36 PM

If your post means it’s to tall, then I’d roll it over, cut off the legs with a skill saw or rent a beam saw. Then add heavy duty leg levelers.

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#6 posted 08-17-2017 06:46 PM

Everything is glued together except for the top 1/4” layer that acts as my sacrificial work surface.

My tablesaw is encased in that big cart behind the bench (the coiled cable on the left is how I plug my router in). I need to finish the drawers for that before I post it here. So, no adding height there.

But Loren’s suggestion gave me an idea. I’m thinking that I would make a “fence” out of scrap that wraps around the leg. Then use that to guide my circular saw around the leg. I can screw it into the leg to keep it from moving. Then I can cut a spacer block that will position it equally from the bottom of each leg. That should make everything even, right?

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#7 posted 08-17-2017 07:36 PM

Personally, I’d lay the table on its side, make a small 1” guide (or if 1 1/2” is ok, just use the side of a 2×4 as a guide), clamp it at the bottom of the leg and use a handsaw. Move through all 4 legs and if they are currently level, they would remain so.

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#8 posted 08-17-2017 07:49 PM

Definitely saw the legs if you only need .5”.

Don’t go through the ntrouble of messing with the top.

Get a .5” block, scribe around the legs as it is standing currently, and then saw to the line when the table is on its side.

Alternatively, you could get a 50” jointer and run it through until you get to the desired height.

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#9 posted 08-18-2017 12:52 PM

I did what pinto suggested for my setup. It did the trick.

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#10 posted 08-18-2017 01:18 PM


My tablesaw is encased in that big cart behind the bench (the coiled cable on the left is how I plug my router in). I need to finish the drawers for that before I post it here. So, no adding height there.

- Tony1212

then why not raise the entire bench that your ts is encased in 1/2”?

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#11 posted 08-18-2017 02:55 PM



Personally, I d lay the table on its side, make a small 1” guide (or if 1 1/2” is ok, just use the side of a 2×4 as a guide), clamp it at the bottom of the leg and use a handsaw. Move through all 4 legs and if they are currently level, they would remain so.

- TaySC

Ha! I think you greatly overestimate my ability to cut a straight line with a handsaw. This is not the situation where I’d want to practice.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#12 posted 08-18-2017 02:56 PM


Alternatively, you could get a 50” jointer and run it through until you get to the desired height.

- gargey

LMFAO! I’ll just run to Home Depot and grab one. :D

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#13 posted 08-18-2017 03:00 PM

My tablesaw is encased in that big cart behind the bench (the coiled cable on the left is how I plug my router in). I need to finish the drawers for that before I post it here. So, no adding height there.

- Tony1212

then why not raise the entire bench that your ts is encased in 1/2”?

- tomsteve

The bench has the table saw and jointer attached. The top is 3/4” MDF and 3/4” plywood laminated together. It probably weighs more than my car. And there’s not nearly enough room to get a jack underneath.

Besides, from a comfort perspective, I’d like the workbench to be a bit shorter. It’s a tad too high.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#14 posted 08-18-2017 04:06 PM

If you turned it upside down and tacked straight boards on all four sides on the outside of the legs I bet you could do it with a handsaw, even if your handsaw skills are as poor as you suggest. The saw would be guides on two sides for each cut.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#15 posted 08-18-2017 04:18 PM

Cut the bottom of the feet off at 3/8” with a handsaw and by tipping up on its side, then use a plane to get the rest to the height you wish. As you go you can use a square to make sure everything is square on all 4 sides.

Also like jdh122 said also and use a plane

Last option you can cut it off at 1” and put leveling feet on it so if there is any dips in the floor it can be adjusted to make it level.

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