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Forum topic by Karda posted 10-27-2017 01:27 AM 430 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2017 01:27 AM

Hi, my wife wants me to knock the 2×4s off the end off this bench, somebody added them for feight. when i removed them one leg is flat and the other is cut at an angle. The solution is to cut of the original leg ends, but there is nothing to square the cut to, can some body help thanks Mike


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#1 posted 10-27-2017 02:42 AM

What sorts of power tools do you have?

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#2 posted 10-27-2017 02:49 AM

Maybe draw a line before cutting?

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#3 posted 10-27-2017 03:20 AM

hi, I was thinking of my circular saw. I don’t want to take it appart and use my table saw. it is very solidly bolted together. I know I can draw a line before cutting but the line has to be square to get a square cut

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#4 posted 10-27-2017 03:30 AM

Cut a scrap of plywood to guide the edge
of the saw plate against. Clamp the wood
to each leg and the cuts will be parallel to
the bottom of the seat. The width of the
scrap will be the length you want to make
the legs minus the distance from the edge
of the saw plate to the blade.

You can also just measure out a parallel line
and clamp a narrower piece of wood to the
leg as a guide.

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#5 posted 10-27-2017 03:39 AM

Turn upside down on a horizontal table. Use a level to draw a line on the legs. It will be parallel to the table.

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#6 posted 10-27-2017 03:53 AM

ok thanks I understand the cut part I didn’t know if a level would be accurate here thanks Mike

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#7 posted 10-27-2017 04:16 AM

I know I can draw a line before cutting but the line has to be square to get a square cut

- Karda


At this point I can only suggest to leave it alone. Put a piece of folded paper under a corner if it wobbles much and call it a day.

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#8 posted 10-27-2017 04:21 AM

not an option one foot is level the other is at almost a 45 degree angle I must shorten. This don’t have to be fine cabinetry just has to work . My wifes grand father made it and I would hate to be the guy that destroys it

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#9 posted 10-27-2017 04:31 AM

Turn bench upside down and measure from under the top to the lowest part of the ragged cut.
Then do as Loren suggested. Cut a piece of plywood the length from the bottom of the bench to the lowest point of the bad cut less the distance of the skill saw plate to the blade.
Clamp the plywood to the leg and use it for the circular saw to ride on.

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#10 posted 10-27-2017 04:53 AM

ok thanks

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#11 posted 10-28-2017 04:32 AM

Since the legs flare out, you’d need to set your circular saw for a bevel cut.

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#12 posted 10-28-2017 05:43 AM

why the 2×4s that were on them were not bevelef. only one leg is cut at an angle. I can’t figure that one unless it was built from scraps

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