Shorten table legs evenly


Hardly anyone does not know the witty or even to the desperation leading picture, if the shortening of table legs does not provide a uniform result. The process referred to as cutting in the carpenter's language depends on the precision of each work step: fix, measure, mark, prepare tool, saw or cut.

Working at the upside down table

Before table legs are shortened at one go, it is important to check the fit of the fasteners. Any not 100% solid connection inevitably causes incorrect results even with precise measurement.

For shortening the table is placed on the head side. Helpful is the balancing a horizontal position with a spirit level. As a check, each individual table leg should first be measured. If the lengths are identical to the millimeter, the measurement can also be applied to the tops of the legs of the table legs. It is important to measure at least two, better three or four sides of each table leg. Thus, inaccuracies within the individual Tischbeinaufstellfläche be noticed.

Bevels and mitres

If the table legs are inclined or inclined to the table superstructure, this inclination or miter must be observed when shortening. When the measurement and the subsequent marking are taken from above, a mark must be placed around the whole leg of the table.

With a sloping table leg foot must always be sawn or cut from top to bottom. The approach takes place on the side of the highest marking and the machine or tool movement is always "downhill".

Precision in detail

Almost in all cases, when the table is not wobble-free after shortening the table legs, irregularities in the table leg incisions are the cause. Several factors reduce the risk:

  • Take into account the removal rate when sawing or cutting. Each mark must be placed either above or below the stroke.
  • The tools used must be checked for tilting of the clamped cutting means, such as a saw blade.
  • When controlling the result, unevenness in the soil must be considered as a possible external cause.

Tips & Tricks

If, despite all care, you can not achieve uniformity, especially on the undersides of the table legs, you can re-file, grind or grate. As a non-professional, but effective help, also prove under-adhesive protective feet made of felt. They are available in different degrees of hardness.


Video Board: Cutting Bar Stool Legs Down