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Hi Guys, this is really a problem
I'm making living room tables for son and his spouse.
Since I don't have a lathe, I got some pretty nice ash legs online.
I was extremely careful about cutting the lumber for the initial skeleton that holds the legs equal.
I was building it on my cast iron table saw because I know it's true.
After I stained it, it began to wobble, seems like one of the legs is approx 1/16 shorter.
Any suggestions on how to square the legs??
Last thing I want to do is take it apart or start sawing.
Thanks,
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Hey Rich, welcome to the community...

Since you obviously have the skills to build the table/chairs you'll have no problem
adapting this video to your needs. Much easier than trying to explain it to ya. I used
this method recently on a rocking chair build and it worked exceptionally well.

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After I stained it, it began to wobble, seems like one of the legs is approx 1/16 shorter.
Any suggestions on how to square the legs??
No problem. I carry a cane now, and it does a great job of preventing wobble.
Now you see why I make things with three legs, instead of four.
You can always go with something like these, that's what I would do; either that for a matchbook under the odd leg.
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Since you obviously have the skills to build the table/chairs you'll have no problem
adapting this video to your needs. Much easier than trying to explain it to ya. I used
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That's a very nifty trick, Bill. A quick and easy solution to what could be a frustrating challenge. Thanks for sharing it.

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Not sure I can explain to your understanding
First place table on level area then shim the short leg,now take a small piece say a 1/4" thick hard board lay it on the level surface and mark all four legs using the top of the 1/4" board then cut them at the line
( you should not be cutting as much off short leg) hope you understand
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Hi Guys, this is really a problem
I'm making living room tables for son and his spouse.
Since I don't have a lathe, I got some pretty nice ash legs online.
I was extremely careful about cutting the lumber for the initial skeleton that holds the legs equal.
I was building it on my cast iron table saw because I know it's true.
After I stained it, it began to wobble, seems like one of the legs is approx 1/16 shorter.
Any suggestions on how to square the legs??
Last thing I want to do is take it apart or start sawing.
Thanks,
Rich
Would a small stick-on felt pad do the trick...? Maybe a thicker one for the short leg and thinner ones for the other legs...?

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Hi,

here are two other methods for leveling chairs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq94qo7WbEw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ScTjOX8CLI
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Hate when that happens (LOL)... but it happens.

The reason it happened? Because before staining and finishing, there was unrelieved tension in the wood. That could have been just normal happenings when you take two pieces of wood and align the face surfaces during a glueup... Then when it gets wet, the tension tries to relieve itself... It probably took a slight twist when it did that. When you are in the middle of that, you can pre-relieve some of that by wiping it down with mineral spirts or alcohol, which alos helps clean the pores. Then adjust for it.

Now that it is relieved, It should be fine from now on. Taking it apart to redo it... Might introduce more tension back into it... Then you are going to be going through that again.

The method presented is good. Takes into affect that the workpiece is going to be in the position it is going to be used. There's some other variations of that... but that works. Another is to ensure the surface you measure from is level, then shim the workpiece so the top surface is level. That will keep help prevent that DIY spoof commercial where the guy leveled his own table and the glass slides off it... from happening.

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For that slight of an adjustment I would just attach a piece of 80 grit sandpaper on the top of your table saw and slide one of the longer legs back and forth across it until all 4 legs sit on your flat surface without wobbling. You will only need to remove about half of the gap that you presently see under the short leg when the table is sitting on the other three legs.

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for that slight of an adjustment i would just attach a piece of 80 grit sandpaper on the top of your table saw and slide one of the longer legs back and forth across it until all 4 legs sit on your flat surface without wobbling. You will only need to remove about half of the gap that you presently see under the short leg when the table is sitting on the other three legs.

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But that assumes "the table" would sit completely on the OP's TS top... It would fit on my panel saw (32"x72"), but not on my jobsite saw's top.

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