Why won't my table stop rocking

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Forum topic by ric53 posted 03-30-2014 02:22 AM 1098 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2014 02:22 AM

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Hi Lumberjocks,

I have an issue with a small bedside table that rocks. If I turn it 90 degrees the opposite corners rock. If I turn it back to the orginal position the opposite occurs again. I have built numerous small tables and have never had a problem like this. It would not be so bad except that it is a commission and I don’t want to start over. I would appreciate any feed back. I’m stumped.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 03:40 AM

Have you stuck any feeler gauges under the legs to see if perhaps they are uneven?

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 03:55 AM

Sounds like the floor is not even. That’s pretty normal, no floor is 100% flat.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 04:13 AM

Set it on a flat surface like your tablesaw and see if it rocks.

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 04:22 AM

First check the floor if it is level, if it is then set you table on your table saws table (lower the blade of course) if it rocks there the legs are uneven. In that case by rocking it you will be able to tell which leg is the longest, let that leg hang over the edge of the table. Then holding the table still on the other 3 legs cut the leg hanging over with a flush cut or very narrow blade saw using the tables surface as a guide. This will stop it from rocking but does not guarantee the surface to be level but it should be very close.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 06:24 AM

This probably won’t be an option for you but you can get leg levelers. Adjustable metal or plastic feet for table legs.

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