Asked on Mar 05, 2014

Bar Stools - too tall. How can I shorten legs evenly?

by Ene19230
I have three farm style wood bar stools purchased second hand for a great price of $35.00 for all. After I got them home I realized they are a bit too tall. I would like to shorten them all but don't know how to do this to make all legs equal height and all stools equal height? I will also be painting the legs of these stools the same color as my kitchen island that is behind them in the photo.
  7 answers
  • The trick is not to make them even but to cut them the correct angle. If you know exactly how low you want to go, take a adjustable square and adjust it for the height you want to remove. Put the chair on a level surface such as your counter. Hold the square vertical (plumb) against the outermost corner of the leg, not parallel against the leg itself, and using a pencil mark the new angle on the leg. Do this on every leg. Then simply using a fine tooth saw remove the leg section. Remember your not cutting square on the leg but at an angle to match that of the floor.
    • Cyndie S Cyndie S on Mar 08, 2014
      I would make a mark every 1/4" around @each leg with the square. Then slice into each mark to make a groove for your saw to follow. You need 10″-12″ between the seat and the counter to be comfortable.
  • Ene19230 Ene19230 on Mar 05, 2014
    Thank you. Your recommendation is very helpful. The angle really was what was bugging my husband. Now I have something to show him.
  • Charlotte Belange Charlotte Belange on Mar 05, 2014
    Good luck Nancy
  • Linda Creighton Linda Creighton on Mar 05, 2014
    I would add a base to cabinet,
  • SuellenMcCranie SuellenMcCranie on Mar 06, 2014
    I purchased 5 bar stools with backs that matched my Dining Room Chairs and when I got them home, I had the same problem. Lucky, for me, I had someone to cut the 30" legs to make 4 each 24" tall, and one for 26" tall, for my 5 year old granddaughter. My bar stools had indention's on the legs which made it easier, but the angle comment from Woodbridge Environmental is a good suggestion.
  • Kathy Kathy on Mar 08, 2014
    I have those same stools and used a circular saw and then electric sander on them to get the angle right.
  • Ene19230 Ene19230 on Mar 22, 2014
    Thank you all for your suggestions. I'm going to share them all with my husband since he will likely be the one doing the work. I have what is called Lyme arthritis (comes with chronic Lyme Disease) and it's giving me fits lately!