Correct a Wobbly Chair
I miscut the length of my chair’s legs, and now it wobbles. What’s the best way to fix it?
John Wasserman, Austin, TX
I recut wobbly legs with a flushcut saw and a guide that rests on a flat surface like a tablesaw. Balance the chair on the saw and add a blob of hot glue to a side of all four legs—even the one that is raised slightly—to freeze the chair in position. Then build a guide using a piece of scrap barely thicker than the largest gap under the legs and notch it to fit around the leg. Saw around each leg, then move the chair and finish the cuts. Chamfer the ends with a rasp when you’re done.
Start with a flat surface. Use a splotch of hot-melt glue to lock the chair in position on the tablesaw.
Use the guide. Cut lightly around all four legs with a flush-cut saw, and then clamp the chair elsewhere to finish the cuts.