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Bill Dawes24/02/2020 19:13:19
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Any of you guys work(ed) in the commercial furniture industry because I would like to know if they make a special design for cafes with one leg slightly shorter than the other, every table I have ever come across in a cafe wobbles.

Bill D.

Grindstone Cowboy24/02/2020 19:17:36
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That's what they make beermats for wink

Derek Lane24/02/2020 19:28:23
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Posted by Bill Dawes on 24/02/2020 19:13:19:

Any of you guys work(ed) in the commercial furniture industry because I would like to know if they make a special design for cafes with one leg slightly shorter than the other, every table I have ever come across in a cafe wobbles.

Bill D.

Try cafes that only have tables with three legs that way they will not wobble or as Grindstone Cowboy says beermats are your friend

Daniel24/02/2020 19:46:14
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Three legs.....Simples

ATB,

Daniel

Mick B124/02/2020 20:09:55
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If you buy table legs from a DIY shop they usually have screw-adjustable feet so you can annihilate irregulariltes in floor or leg-mounting. Guess they're too expensive for cafes.

If they don't serve beer, you might have to multi-fold crisp packets or lolly sticks or wrappers, or bits torn off the less interesting parts of the menu.

Edited By Mick B1 on 24/02/2020 20:11:15

Bazyle24/02/2020 20:23:16
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Rotate the table gradually and you may find a better point. Any 4 legged table when put down will rock, then when moved will rock on the other two legs. There must therefore be a position between these two locations that is the transition and all 4 feet are solid.

Relevant diversion from topic: We often see workbench designs, lathes etc fitted with 4 adjustable feet that the designer thinks are so clever - often long spindly screw threads that will wobble like crazy. Only one should ever be adjustable that way 3 solid feet will find their own level then the fourth is adjusted to suit. Much firmer.

Neil Wyatt24/02/2020 20:28:24
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Posted by Bill Dawes on 24/02/2020 19:13:19:

Any of you guys work(ed) in the commercial furniture industry because I would like to know if they make a special design for cafes with one leg slightly shorter than the other, every table I have ever come across in a cafe wobbles.

Bill D.

Have you ever noticed that very few four-legged animals wobble. Have you ever seen a wobbly dog in a pub or cafe? Just goes to show how nature and evolution can achieve things engineers struggle to do, eh?

Neil

not done it yet24/02/2020 20:39:29
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Thought that it might be the floor, not the table?

Michael Briggs24/02/2020 20:42:20
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Good point Neil, in pubs I have seen two legged mammals wobble. smiley

Edited By Michael Briggs on 24/02/2020 20:42:49

Mike Poole24/02/2020 20:45:23
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I wonder if a device filled with thixotropic material could be used as feet so as soon as the table tries to move the fluid goes solid. I wonder if this is a brilliant idea?

Mike

Dave Halford24/02/2020 20:46:37
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Posted by Mike Poole on 24/02/2020 20:45:23:

I wonder if a device filled with thixotropic material could be used as feet so as soon as the table tries to move the fluid goes solid. I wonder if this is a brilliant idea?

Mike

Cornflour

Chris Evans 624/02/2020 20:56:25
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Furniture in my old house (1860) all wobbles to some extent due to the floor, the house used to be a horse stable which may explain it. I find the felt stick on pads a boon using two or three at a time to balance things up on the more permanently sited stuff. Cant carry em round to the café though.

Mick B124/02/2020 21:19:57
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 24/02/2020 20:28:24:
Posted by Bill Dawes on 24/02/2020 19:13:19:

Any of you guys work(ed) in the commercial furniture industry because I would like to know if they make a special design for cafes with one leg slightly shorter than the other, every table I have ever come across in a cafe wobbles.

Bill D.

Have you ever noticed that very few four-legged animals wobble. Have you ever seen a wobbly dog in a pub or cafe? Just goes to show how nature and evolution can achieve things engineers struggle to do, eh?

Neil

There is a thing called Wobbly Cat Syndrome, though cats that have it often seem to cope.

But hey, nature and evolution have had 500 million years or so - engineers have to look for shortcuts... laugh

Nicholas Wheeler 124/02/2020 21:30:00
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Posted by Michael Briggs on 24/02/2020 20:42:20:

Good point Neil, in pubs I have seen two legged mammals wobble. smiley

As my right leg is 20mm shorter than the left, I wobble before entering the pub......

Hopper24/02/2020 23:39:18
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 24/02/2020 20:28:24:
... Any of Have you ever seen a wobbly dog in a pub or cafe? Just goes to show how nature and evolution can achieve things engineers struggle to do, eh?

Neil

I thought the Wobbly Dog WAS the pub. Sounds like a good 'un.

Ady125/02/2020 15:47:11
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Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 24/02/2020 21:30:00:

As my right leg is 20mm shorter than the left, I wobble before entering the pub......

So you wobble on the way in and walk steadily on the way out

Isn't darwinism wonderful

Howard Lewis25/02/2020 17:01:45
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Often a good starting point to make a very low stool!

Howard

bill ellis25/02/2020 18:22:44
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I thought I'd heard wobbly dog from somewhere. Turns out

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's, "You're The One That I Want"

Misheard Lyrics:

You're a wobbly dog.

Original Lyrics:

You're the one that I want.

Just had a listen and can't see it myself, maybe I should drink a bit more.

JasonB25/02/2020 18:34:12
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Cafe tables are designed to be wobbly so you don't need to stir your mug of tea as the contents will be well mixed by the time you have got through your full Englishsmiley

Neil Wyatt25/02/2020 19:23:45
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I was in Pizza Hut yesterday (I know...) and the table had a single leg in a sort of 'trumpet' shape. despite the floor appearing pretty much flat and the bottom of the leg being a simple circular shape it had a huge wobble. I had to keep my feet on its base to hold it steady!

Neil

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