OK, my coffee table is level but the bottom of the legs are not totally squared...

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Forum topic by thatlabguy posted 09-18-2011 02:04 AM 1311 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2011 02:04 AM

I am making my first coffee tables. I am using Juniper slabs for the tops and the legs vary from Mt. Mahogany, Juniper and Bitterbrush. The Mt. Mahogany is such a dense hard wood and my woodshop tools are minimal (although I have now added a table saw and a Dremel Multi Max). My question is simple; the legs are level but, not totally flat on each surface. I am afraid if I start trying to sand them down so that the bottoms are flat to the floor that I will start going back and forth until the table is no longer high enough and lose the whole project. Everything is all put together so I would have to undo all the legs if I try to recut them.
Any sage advice? I seem to have most of my trouble with this particular part of the job since I do not own a chop saw and getting the legs squared up and level using just the table saw is difficult at best since angles and Geometry is not my strong suit,


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#1 posted 09-18-2011 02:05 AM

I should have pictures of two coffee tables by first of the week but they are not finished yet.


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#2 posted 09-18-2011 03:39 AM

Maybe another option might be to turn your table upside down. Then clamp apiece of plywood to the legs the length desired for the legs. Then use your multi max with flush cutting blade to cut each one flush with the end of the ply. I have never used a multi max, so I’m not sure this will work. If you think it might work. I would try to have a piece of ply wide enough to do 2 legs with one setup. If your top is flat then the legs would have to come out even. Your making some very neat projects. Best of luck

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 04:05 AM

landog has the best plan. That’s been the tried and true technique for as long as I can remember.

I wouldn’t try Levan’s idea since a multi max type tool can wander pretty easily. You might wind up worse off than when you started. – lol

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 07:34 PM

Landog wins the prize. Don’t overthink the problem.
Now if ya wanna get really clever, build only three legged tables. They’ll always sit flat. (Just my humor for the day.)


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#5 posted 09-19-2011 07:55 PM

I like the simplicity of Landogs suggestion of taping 40 grit sandpaper to my workbench and sand the legs evenly. Simple, and effective! And I am building some 3-legged stools because, as you said; “they are always level”!


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