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Forum topic by BrandonR posted 04-16-2013 12:37 PM 1303 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2013 12:37 PM

I just built an outdoor cedar table and two benches to go along with it. The legs are all 4×4s…..

I cut each leg exactly the same…. I know though there are tons of variables! I pocket holed the skirts to the legs, so I know some of the skirts could be just a cm high or such pulling that leg up by a hair….

The table is solid and level. When you sit on the benches they are steady, but when not sitting on them you can rock them ever so slightly…. I can’t tell which leg is short or long. When you tilt it one way one leg looks 1/32 of an inch short, when tilt it the opposite way it is the opposite leg that looks just a tad bit short….

Any advice on how to level these out. I unfortunately don’t have a big enough assembly table right now and am working on my uneven garage floor and driveway. I don’t want to cut anything, then i will be just chasing my tale.

I was thinking of sanding the legs just a tad….. Any advice on how to get them all perfect would be great! They are going to be sitting on a deck. They are perfectly fine now, but I want it to be perfect!



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#1 posted 04-16-2013 01:11 PM

They are perfectly fine now, but I want it to be perfect! Which is it?, perfect or not?

1. If the legs are only 1/32” off when empty, and set without rocking when used, why worry?
2. If you do get them perfect on a flat reference like a table saw top, who’s to say the deck will be as flat?

I think you are worrying way too much about this. Go with it as it is and enjoy the build.

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 01:14 PM

Brandon, I am a bit confused. Since you are setting your benches on a hard uneven surface the likelihood of shifting your bench with four legs all contacting a variable contour is hit and miss. Your benches could be perfect and still they would rock slightly on an uneven contour surface. With that said, I suggest you taking the benches to the deck and move them around in the general area you intend to use them, you might find them to be reasonable.

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:24 PM

How about putting some height adjustable feet pads on the bottoms of the legs, or locate a place on the deck they sit flat.
They also may just relax with a little use this summer and put themselves into proper aluignment.
Let us know what works for you.

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 04:06 PM

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