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Make Top Of Table Base Flat

by dansdionne
posted 12-03-2018 02:48 PM


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John Smith

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 03:08 PM

are you talking about the 4 legs are not even in length ?

if that is the case, without a lot of cutting, apply a skirt of
1×4 around the outside of the frame.
I think that if you turn the leg frame upside down on a true flat
surface then attach the skirt that will hold the leg frame true,
plumb, and square then attach the top. [does that make sense to you ?]
or ~ if the unevenness is not all that severe, you can use a host of
hand tools to make it true. . . . . with a little elbow grease.

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 03:17 PM

Kind of hard to say, without pics and more detail, sanding could be easy or days of frustration depending on what needs to be fixed. I’m guessing you assembled it on a nonflat floor/garage? Are you using pocket screws for joinery? I’d probably take it all apart, get a sheet of 3/4 plywood or MDF and then assemble it upside down with the top resting on the plywood.

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 03:34 PM

I wonder if he means the stretchers and frame underneath the top aren’t perfectly flat and so the plywood isn’t sitting perfectly flat on top?

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#4 posted 12-03-2018 04:32 PM



I wonder if he means the stretchers and frame underneath the top aren t perfectly flat and so the plywood isn t sitting perfectly flat on top?

- Steve

That is exactly what I meant.


Kind of hard to say, without pics and more detail, sanding could be easy or days of frustration depending on what needs to be fixed. I m guessing you assembled it on a nonflat floor/garage? Are you using pocket screws for joinery? I d probably take it all apart, get a sheet of 3/4 plywood or MDF and then assemble it upside down with the top resting on the plywood.

- SMP

I never thought about assembling upside down. I think that would have worked. I’ll keep it in mind as an option for next time.


or ~ if the unevenness is not all that severe, you can use a host of
hand tools to make it true. . . . . with a little elbow grease.

- John Smith

I ended up using an orbital palm sander. It’s not perfect but the top lays flatter on the base than before sanding. I used pocket screws to attach the top from the underside.

Since this was my first post it took a few days for the post to be reviewed and approved, so I ended up moving forward with the project before seeing these replies. Thank you to everyone who replied. I look forward to building up my skills and tools! This site looks awesome for keeping a build blog and sharing tips and projects with each other.

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