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Forum topic by Betsy posted 03-13-2008 12:49 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Betsy

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03-13-2008 12:49 AM

Ok, not that I don’t know, and I don’t.

How do you guys even out a three-legged stool (nope I did not make it).? Would like to get the wobble out minus the wad of folded up paper.

And don’t laugh——Please!

Thanks

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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Pretzel

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#1 posted 03-13-2008 12:55 AM

belt sander, torpedo level. measure & remove 1/2 the distance shortest leg from each longer leg, check for level. creep up on the amount you remove so as not to take out too much.

-- Pretzel L8agn

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#2 posted 03-13-2008 12:58 AM

A three legged stool can’t wobble. It’s the same as a tripod.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-13-2008 01:00 AM

I guess wobble is not really the word—- it’s more like tilt.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 03-13-2008 01:08 AM

Tip it upside down, and measure all three legs from the floor up.

Use the dimension of the shortest leg and make the other two match it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-13-2008 01:12 AM

If you mount it on top of your tablesaw and set your blade in a zeros clearance insert at about 2 hairs above the table top you can sweep the long leg(s) over the blade until they balance.

p.s. make sure your zero clearance insert is locked down properly before you start.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 03-13-2008 01:15 AM

Ok—- that’s obvious isn’t it? Geez I feel stupid now! Makes perfect sense. Sometimes I try to make things to complicated.

thanks guys!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 03-13-2008 01:16 AM

Thanks Bob, never thought of that. will use it the next time I mess one up

-- Pretzel L8agn

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#8 posted 03-13-2008 01:36 AM

Put the seat upside down on a level surface and using a level from the short leg, mark the other two legs for cutoff.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#9 posted 03-13-2008 01:36 AM

Glad to help.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 03-13-2008 03:11 AM

Make a slide out of sandpaper and ride the stool to the bottom. Works every time for me. Wear gloves.

-- Eric at https://adventuresinwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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#11 posted 03-13-2008 07:42 AM

…and don’t fall off while riding. Wear biker’s leathers. Yee-haw!

I think Bob’s idea sounds safer and easier, but it’s not nearly the mental vision conjured up by Eric’s solution.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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EaglewoodsPres

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#12 posted 03-13-2008 01:47 PM

This method works for getting the wobble out or tilt out of just about anything. Set the piece on a level surface. Make sure the top of the peice is level and shim under any short legs to hold top seat level. Using a 1/4” block, scribe a line on each leg registering the block to the level surface. Using a pull saw or belt sander cut or sand to the lines you made on each leg. Foolproof and no measuring.

-- Chris ( Eaglewoods@sbcglobal.net )

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#13 posted 03-13-2008 02:34 PM

I do as stated by eaglewoodspres

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 03-13-2008 03:16 PM

get a piece of 1/4” plywood larger than the area of the legs. Drill one hole large enough to place a leg in. Rotate the chair or stool around until the long leg is in the hole. Mark it and cut or sand it to the line.

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#15 posted 03-13-2008 03:50 PM

Add a fourth leg…

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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