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Just received a folding leg 96” table and after sitting on it noticed I’d like the height of it to be slightly lower. Right now arm rests measure 32” off the ground and I think I like the 29-30 range more.

Has anybody shortened the legs on a folding leg table before and if so, what tool is it done best with? Standard hacksaw?
 

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Just received a folding leg 96” table and after sitting on it noticed I’d like the height of it to be slightly lower. Right now arm rests measure 32” off the ground and I think I like the 29-30 range more.

Has anybody shortened the legs on a folding leg table before and if so, what tool is it done best with? Standard hacksaw?
Tubing cutter.
 

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Ah, what memories this idea brings up . . . .

Once upon a time, long long ago a similar thought struck us at the weekly poker game. "The table is a bit too high for our chairs and not to be rude it is a tiny bit wobbly."

"So it is!" one of our handymen observed. "I have just the thing in my truck, a saws-all" He promptly dashes out to his truck, brings in the power tool and in a flash has shaved a half inch off the table.

But now the table is somewhat more wobbly. "Not a problem!", says the handyman, "I'll clean that right up" And he shaves another slice off the legs.

The table isn't so wobbly now, but it is clearly tilted. "Not a problem!" says the handyman. . . . .

By the time we call an end to the cutting, the table will rest on the legs of the biggest guys. It is wobbly and tilted. Let's just say, "It IS a problem now!"

I forgot to note that the table wasn't exactly ours. And we felt an obligation to fix it. So we took a quarter from every $20+ pot for over a year to pay for the repairs to the table - playing on bed risers until we had enough money to fix it up.

Just saying, be careful before you start cutting. Measure twice, cut once -=- DrStrange
 

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Ah, what memories this idea brings up . . . .

Once upon a time, long long ago a similar thought struck us at the weekly poker game. "The table is a bit too high for our chairs and not to be rude it is a tiny bit wobbly."

"So it is!" one of our handymen observed. "I have just the thing in my truck, a saws-all" He promptly dashes out to his truck, brings in the power tool and in a flash has shaved a half inch off the table.

But now the table is somewhat more wobbly. "Not a problem!", says the handyman, "I'll clean that right up" And he shaves another slice off the legs.

The table isn't so wobbly now, but it is clearly tilted. "Not a problem!" says the handyman. . . . .

By the time we call an end to the cutting, the table will rest on the legs of the biggest guys. It is wobbly and tilted. Let's just say, "It IS a problem now!"

I forgot to note that the table wasn't exactly ours. And we felt an obligation to fix it. So we took a quarter from every $20+ pot for over a year to pay for the repairs to the table - playing on bed risers until we had enough money to fix it up.

Just saying, be careful before you start cutting. Measure twice, cut once -=- DrStrange
Valid point indeed. Will perfect measurements down to the mm do the job or is there a trick involved in making sure the right amount is cut from all four feet? I was thinking of cutting right at the edge of each foot that way also making sure right amount taken off each.
 

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@DrStrange I might want your table with no legs (that wasn't exactly yours). LMAO! I could slap that baby right on top of my dining room table. In all seriousness, if you like a poker table that doesn't come as a topper, can you just remove the base and use it as a topper? I'm having a hard time finding a poker setup for my large (immovable) rectangular dining room table.
 

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Ah, what memories this idea brings up . . . .

Once upon a time, long long ago a similar thought struck us at the weekly poker game. "The table is a bit too high for our chairs and not to be rude it is a tiny bit wobbly."

"So it is!" one of our handymen observed. "I have just the thing in my truck, a saws-all" He promptly dashes out to his truck, brings in the power tool and in a flash has shaved a half inch off the table.

But now the table is somewhat more wobbly. "Not a problem!", says the handyman, "I'll clean that right up" And he shaves another slice off the legs.

The table isn't so wobbly now, but it is clearly tilted. "Not a problem!" says the handyman. . . . .

By the time we call an end to the cutting, the table will rest on the legs of the biggest guys. It is wobbly and tilted. Let's just say, "It IS a problem now!"

I forgot to note that the table wasn't exactly ours. And we felt an obligation to fix it. So we took a quarter from every $20+ pot for over a year to pay for the repairs to the table - playing on bed risers until we had enough money to fix it up.

Just saying, be careful before you start cutting. Measure twice, cut once -=- DrStrange
:ROFL: :ROFLMAO: Do they take your handyman badge and wrench away if your method is “cut a few dozen times and hope for the best”?
 

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Tubing cutter works the best. You can make a very precise perfectly level cut. Just need to measure well. I just measure from the bottom of each leg and make a mark to center the cutting wheel on. Very easy with good results.
 

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I'm in the same situation at the moment but never pulled the trigger. Want to see how this turns out.

I bought cushions for my chairs. No cutting required. :tup:
I was thinking about this myself lately as some of my players need to clear another inch. I was thinking of going with the bleacher style seat pads. What type of cushions do you use?
 

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I'm in the same situation at the moment but never pulled the trigger. Want to see how this turns out.


I was thinking about this myself lately as some of my players need to clear another inch. I was thinking of going with the bleacher style seat pads. What type of cushions do you use?
I'll take pics along the way including before and after with all the details for your reference. Not really stressing if it doesn't go well because I'm a measuring maniac but Plan B would involve buying the legs from Rockler Hardware and asking a furniture guy nearby to shorten the legs prior to installation.

https://www.rockler.com/banquet-table-legs-29-high-x-24-wide-per-set
 

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Update on table lowering:

1) kept feet on, pencil marked on neck of each and then measured to make sure cut was exact same on each

2) One round with pipe cutter semi snug to ensure proper placement of cut

3) Tighten and spin away for full cut

4) New Playing surface of 29” vs 30 and arm cushion height of 31” vs 32”

5) Time for a Modelo
 

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