Step 3: Trim eight legs to size.

trimming a table leg with a miter saw
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Use a miter saw to slice off the narrow bottoms of eight legs for the top and middle tiers. (The remaining surface should be at least three times the diameter of the dowel screws that hold the tiers together.) If needed, tuck a shim beneath each leg, as shown, to make sure your cut is square.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • locking pliers
      Locking pliers
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/4-inch drill bit
      1/4-inch drill bit
    • 3/32-inch drill bit
      3/32-inch drill bit
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    Artists' wood panels, by 12 by 16 inches Get three.

    Table legs, 6 to 8 inches long Get twelve.

    5/16-by-2½-inch wood-to-wood dowel screws Get eight.

    2½-inch deck screws Get four.
    ¼-inch wood dowel for plugs Get one 3-foot section.

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    220-grit sandpaper

    Primer and paint of your choice