Getting Wobble-Free Chair Legs

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George Vondriska shows you how to get your chair legs wobble-free. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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9 Responses to “Getting Wobble-Free Chair Legs”
  1. TerryDB

    You do realize that the time spent leveling the bench was useless, right? The bench doesn’t need to be level with the earth, it just needs to be flat. Oh, I suppose it helps if the bench isn’t so tilted that the chair slides off, but there is no reason at all that either the bench or the chair frame needs to be at right angles to the center of the earth. That was all just wasted motion.

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    • Cody James

      Wrong. Watch it again. He had to level the table to level the chair then shim and mark it correctly.

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      • TerryDB

        No, the table doesn’t have to be level. It does have to be flat, but not level. As a thought experiment, imagine that the table was tilted, say, 1 degree to the right. As long as the surface isn’t so slippery that the chair slides off, the whole procedure – shimming the chair legs so they don’t rock, then marking all four legs an equal distance off the benchtop, and then sawing to the marks, would work exactly the same. In my opinion, the leveling process was done because the video was sponsored by the manufacturer of a square with built-in levels.
        The idea that the seat frame had to be leveled is also completely false. Imagine, for example, a chair in which the seat is slightly tilted toward the rear, as many chairs are (an Adirondack chair is an extreme example of this). Clearly getting the legs to all touch the floor at the same time has nothing at all to do with whether the seat frame is perpendicular to an imaginary line through the center of the earth. Again I suggest that the incentive to use a level came from the supplier of the square with the built-in level.

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  2. Vern Frier

    I reglue chairs for a living. I always level each chair after the clamps come off. I’ve probably leveled 5000 or more chairs. The table being level has nothing to do with this. It’s just adding way too much to the job. Cutting all 4 legs is also a big waste of time. When cutting 4 legs you’re going to mess up once in a while and you’ll keep cutting to fix the mistake and end up with a very short chair. All I ever do is take a good sharp rasp and cut off one leg. DONE! Check out my facebook page Frier Furniture Fixup or http://www.frierfurniturefixup.com

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