Have you cut bar stools short to fit your table?

Dallas, Texas
October 17, 2016 7:54pm CST
I was showed a recent Youtube video about how you can cut 4 inches off a bar stool to make it fit under a table so the knees don't keep knocking against it. The idea is not to use a tape measure or a ruler and pencil but rather the idea is to use a home made jig using 2 x 4 's and fit them against the legs while the stool is standing up right then using a miter saw, cut across evenly. This is a lot better than using the pencil and ruler. The thing that is most difficult is most chairs or bar stools have legs that have straight rear legs and curved front legs that point at a 45 degree angle and my friend attempted to cut the legs 3 inches from the bottom as the chair lay on it's side using a miter box and saw. Not a good outcome. So far 2 chairs tend to wobble a bit after the cutting. The only thing I can think of to counter the wobble is to either use a wood plane or file of some type to get them all at the same length by a fraction of an inch and/or use nail in glides. The 4 chairs that go with a different dining room table were made for a higher table than the one in our dining room by about 3 inches actually so we now have 2 chairs cut down by 3 inches and the other 2 are still at their original size because it takes a lot of effort to cut them 3 inches evenly using the miter box saw because of the curve of each leg. After all 4 are done I may have to look for glides that are slightly different in thickness to compensate for the one leg of the 4 that is shortest. I really wish I had that jig:
Carpenter and builder Rob Robillard from http://www.AConcordCarpenter.com share how to use a simple shop made jig to cut down the legs on curved bar stools. ...
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
18 Oct 16
I just watched the video. Very interesting. I think that is a great idea. But we need the proper tools to do that. I have none of them. But I like the idea a lot.
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@cherigucchi (4866)
• Philippines
18 Oct 16
Sometimes hubby has to do that.
@LoriAMoore (4673)
• United States
18 Oct 16
Ingenious!