I'm redoing the shop in my garage and am wondering if I should have
the base cabs level or have them follow the slope of the floor. I'm
leaning towards level (what I've had), but following the slope would
allow the cabs, TS, shaper, etc to be on the same plane.
Build them square, level them w/ adjustable leg supports of whatever
variety you choose...unless you're talking builtins that won't ever go
anywhere else either within this space or somewhere else when/if you
move and/or build another shop.
As in everything leaning? <G>
I prefer level.
An easy way to do this is to build 3-4" high bases, level them with
shims, and sit your square cases on the now level foundation.
Recessing the bases makes for instant toe kicks.
Level. Go the "low" side of the cabinet run and set your height. Let's
say 30 inches. Now, go to the high side and measure the height. Let say
that's 28". Now build all the cabinet carcasses. Make all the sides 30
inches in height. When you go to install the cabinets, trim off the
appropriate material from the "high" side of the cabinet carcasses so that
all surfaces are perfectly level.
Actually, a garage floor probably slopes towards the garage doors and
towards the center of the garage, too. So the front of the cabinet is
probably lower than right up against the wall. I just shimmed the front of
my cabinets, and cut the toekick to exact size. But using one of those new
laser levels, I'd probably take measurements at all four corners of the
projected cabinets and use the lowest point as the starting point. That
way, sides, toekicks, everything would be exact, and then support each
BTW, garages aside, it's not uncommon for older homes to experience
noticeable unevenness in floors. And you would follow the same procedure.
been there, done that...
For me, it depends on what tools....
My garage is pretty typical, I think... slight slant towards the front
The bench, RAS & router table, since they're lined up as one long
surface, are adjusted by height and "continuing the surface"... I
don't care if they're level, flat is more important to me..
The rolling stuff that doesn't "match up" with anything else, (lathe,
tool chests, clamp/parts holder, CMS, sander, etc.), are pretty much
level... but define level in a garage that slopes for drainage with
It'a "level" as set up, but swing it 45 degrees for cutting a long
board, and there goes the level..
Please remove splinters before emailing
Silly as it seems, also consider the impact of non-level on resale value if
you can foresee selling in the future. I've seen less than that kill a deal
... and the phrase "not build to industry standard" often pops up on the
housing front when justifying a lower price.
Shimming is just too easy.
Stuff has a natural tendency to roll/jump/dive off anything
above floor level when it's on a flat level surface. Why
help them along?
How about tilting the tops towards the back, with a back
lip - to make it harder for those suckers to hurt themselves
in falls to the concrete floor?
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