I made a solid maple drafting table for my wife some years back. I made this so it breaks down and would fit through a 32″ door. In a new house and now I have 28″ doors. There is no hardware (except drawer handles) anywhere in the table i.e. everything is glued and doweled so modification along these lines is not possible. So I’m proceeding on the path on cutting the 4×4 legs. I’m kicking myself for not thinking this one through.
1. Cutting the legs. I guess I see two options. Circular saw (at least 2 passes per leg would be required) or portable band saw. The band saw I know is really a metal cutting tool but thought it might provide a cleaner cut in one pass. Is there a method I’m not thinking of? Which would provide a better result? Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?
2. Joinery. Once the bottom section of the table is cut off then I must be able put put it back together, take apart, back together, you get the drift. I was thinking of using a large dowel (1″?) ( a bullet shape seems best) in each leg. I know this creates other issues like aligning 4 dowels simultaneously upon assembly. When moving the table around (on existing casters) there will be some amount of twist on the legs. Any ideas on how to put these legs back together while making it modular?
As you can see by the picture the table is just collecting dust in the garage, but the leg shot is typical of all 4.