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Forum topic by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-21-2015 02:12 PM 835 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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05-21-2015 02:12 PM

Saw this video recently that shows using a table saw to level what is essentially a small stool. A couple questions:

What’s your approach to leveling when the project is large, as in, table sized? Is adding those leveling bolts / pads the best way? That isn’t always what the piece calls for, though. And, what if it’s a case piece with a bit of wobble?

Thanks for any suggestions.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --


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#1 posted 05-21-2015 02:42 PM

I use the tablesaw top like Gary as my ‘reference flat surface’

But I use a Sticky back (PSA) 5 inch sanding disk stuck to the table (80 grit) and sand/scrub the leg that is too long.

Gary’s method obviously works, and at such shallow cuts isn’t unsafe…. I just never thought to do it that way.

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#2 posted 05-21-2015 06:51 PM

Sanding disc stuck to the floor (larger items) does sound like a good solution Doc, thanks. First and foremost, make it level though, right? :-)

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#3 posted 05-21-2015 07:21 PM

Depending on how bad it is I also use a paper thin flush cut saw

-- I meant to do that!

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#4 posted 05-21-2015 07:31 PM

Also a good idea, thanks Ghidrah. I can see that being similar to a method for closing up mitered dovetails.

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 09:45 AM

The sandpaper double taped to your assemble table or the floor is absolutely the best way. It’s a bit slow, but very effective and I can’t think of a better way to do it without risking breakout on the edges.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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