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Forum topic by skutny posted 03-04-2010 04:41 PM 1281 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2010 04:41 PM

I just upgraded from a contractor saw to a used Jet JTAS10XL-50 cabinet saw. My plan is to set the cabinet saw in my shop in a permanent place.

My question is what should I put under the cabinet base and how do I level it. The base does not have any places for leveling screws. I was thinking of making a thin wood base with leveling screws.

What would you do? any suggestions.

Omaha, Nebraska

-- Steve, Nebraska

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 04:59 PM

Is it that out of level? I think even close is no big deal. The saw won’t cut any different if it is a bit out of level.

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 05:09 PM

I agree it should not be a big deal, but I was thinking it would be easier to make everything else co-planar if the top was level. ie outfeed and 50” extension wing.

Also I am not fond of placing the steel base directly on concrete, and was wondering what people used.


-- Steve, Nebraska

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 05:31 PM

Use scraps for shims. If you need a special shim, make your own with a bandsaw or other appropriate saw. I have an extremely uneven floor in my basement shop, so mobile bases are out of the question. I just use whatever scrap wood I need to shim my tools to level…and yes, I think it’s worth the effort to make everything as level as possible. It helps me forget how awfully crooked the floor is. LOL
...even my workbench is sitting on blocks of wood!!! It may not LOOK very attractive, but what’s a workshop supposed to be, form or function?? ;-D

Hope this helps.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 01:08 AM

Co-planer assumes that your shop floor is level. Mine sure isn’t (slab).


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#5 posted 03-05-2010 05:02 AM

My shop floor has a 12:1 pitch. I’m building an outfeed table and I’m running into leveling problems too. I put my saw, a PM 66 with 53” fence, on a mobile base, but I’ve also noticed that the saw sags to the right from the weight of the fense brackets and the newly added extension table. I’m going to prop up the right end of the extension table to try to level it. I might have to go with the co-planar idea with the outfeed table. My saw is positioned in such a way that the floor rises along the length of the outfeed table. I guess I’m not answering your question, only sharing my similar issues.
Good luck.

-- Glen

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