Many of us set up our workshops in garages or driveways, which are built at an angle to allow water runoff. That poses a problem for our tools, which need flat, level surfaces to operate. Here's how to level your tools when the floor is uneven.
A drill press or saw that is operating on uneven ground can yield inaccurate results. The best way to level power tools is by building a small levelling ramp to roll the lower end up on.
Assuming your power tools are set up on mobile work tables, position your tool in the location where it will be used and measure from the middle of wheel to wheel perpendicular to the incline. Use a long bubble level, shims, and tape measure to figure the height your ramp should be and plane a board to match it. You can see the process in action in the step-by-step tutorial video above.
Level Machines Unlevel Floor [Down to Earth Woodworker (YouTube)]
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