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by Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

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On The Level --- Your Machinery and Work Surfaces

Right now I am very deep into the design and construction of another shop storage project that was inspired by a video viewer and Wood News Online reader. This project is something most people need, it fits into the whole 5S workplace organization strategy perfectly, and it is extremely functional. The problem is, I've run into an "engineering challenge" that has delayed the project.

Figure 7 - Working too long at
a leaning machine could have
unintended consequences!

"Engineering challenge" is a really positive way of saying "I screwed up." Yep, a real bone-headed mistake I made, and it was back to the drawing board! Therefore the video series I had hoped to start this month is going to be delayed until next month.

But not to worry, in the meantime we are posting a short video that will hopefully help a lot of folks working in a garage-based shop. The subject could have easily been included among our "Most Frequently Asked Questions."

A typical garage floor slopes at a rate of 1/8" to 1/4" or more per foot. The rate of slope is typically specified by local building codes. And the slope works well at helping drain away the water from melting snow on your car, but it can play havoc with machinery, workbenches, and other shop furniture, especially if your equipment is on wheels. The wheels (casters) we typically use under our woodworking stuff swivel and lock, but they don't adjust up and down to compensate for a sloped floor.

This month's video shows what I used to do (before I put in a level wooden floor over my sloped concrete floor) to solve this dilemma. It's easy, inexpensive, and works great.

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Steven Johnson is retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life).

Steven can be reached directly via email at .

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