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12-21-2017 12:54 PM

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I am a novice woodworker and have plans to build an L-shaped 2×4 frame workbench over the holidays. However, the floor where the bench will sit is a 60+ year old concrete floor that is nearly 3 inches out-of-level. I would like to build the bench to be level in the space without using mechanical levelers on the legs. I have some thoughts on how to do this, but thought there surely much be an easier way that escapes me. I’m hoping the solution to my issue exists somewhere in all the experience on this site.

Your help is very much appreciated!!

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 01:46 PM

Can you attach the bench to a wall? With the back of the bench attached to a wall you only have to concern your self with the front legs.

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 02:07 PM

The floor around my bench was only an inch or two out of level, but I took the approach of leveling the floor (using cement topped with plywood) before building my new bench. Unless your floor is sloped but still perfectly flat, adjusting the bench to suit the floor will mean your bench is only adjusted to one specific spot on the floor.

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 02:25 PM

Mark out all your legs on the floor,
Set up a laser level,
Place each leg where it will go and mark a line where to cut on each one.

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#4 posted 12-22-2017 10:34 PM

Fabricate the frame first. You could use lengths of rope to hang the frame from the overhead at the height you want and level. Then place the legs where you want them and secure them to the frame with lag bolts or carriage bolts.After all the legs are bolted in place, remove the ropes. The frame should now be level and at the height you want. Finish with a top and any leg bracing needed.

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 10:38 PM

X2 = Can you attach the bench to a wall?
With the back of the bench attached to a wall
you only have to concern your self with the front legs.

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#6 posted 12-23-2017 04:21 PM

Establish benchmarks with a water level (or laser is you have one.) Establish the top of the workbench and adjust the length of the legs accordingly. After the location of thr top is established pull all your numbers from the top down.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#7 posted 12-23-2017 04:32 PM

What happens when you move? Building for one specific spot means that your land-locked. I’d emulate the cabinet guys and shim my way out of the OP’s problem..

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#8 posted 12-23-2017 07:21 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Not sure why I didn’t think to use a laser level, but I think that’s the ticket.

I do not want to attach the bench to the studded wall given the torque that will be put on the bench. I plan to run a reloading bench on 1 leg of the L.

The L shaped bench will be 8×8 and built to fit the space in my basement; I’m not concerned with taking the bench if I move.

Thanks for all the help. Happy Holidays!!

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