Wood Shop Cabinet Levelers
The wood shop cabinets you just built may
be perfectly square and level, but the shop
floor you sit them on is probably not. So
to save yourself a lot of agony over trying
to keep your cabinets and shop furniture from
shaking and wobbling, the smart solution is
to install cabinet levelers - and include
them in part of your shop cabinet design.
Cabinet levelers come in all styles and shapes.
However, for a wood shop, try to avoid using
the less-expensive plastic variety. Instead,
go for a nice heavy-duty leveler made of metal.
You'll need the extra strength for most furniture
you might build for shop.
Aside from keeping your cabinets level
and steady, cabinet levelers have a few other
benefits as well:
Keeping cabinets up of the floor - even if
it's only an inch - will go a long way to
protect the wood. A concrete floor (in both
basements and garages) is not far removed
from the damp soil directly underneath it.
Any kind of wood that comes in direct contact
with the floor will act sort of like sponge
- and slowly soak up whatever moisture the
floor can give it. And this is especially
true for particle board and MDF. Cabinet levelers
keep thirsty wood fibers just far enough away
from the floor to save your shop cabinets
What I like best about cabinet levelers is
how easy you can move your cabinets and furniture
around in the shop - without tearing up the
bottom edges. Plywood is especially vulnerable.
Without casters, nudging a heavy plywood cabinet just an inch or two can easily tear the fragile
layers of veneer. Cabinet levelers are the
perfect solution for moving heavy shop furniture.
How a Cabinet Leveler Works
The basic construction of a cabinet leveler
is fairly simple. Most include a sturdy, round
pad (that touches the floor) attached to a
threaded rod - which screws into a bracket
mounted to the cabinet itself. As you might
guess, the threads on the rod make the height
adjustment possible - using a standard screwdriver
or a hex key wrench.
Side Mount - Outside Cabinet
This is probably the easiest cabinet leveler
to mount. Using four small woodwscrews for
each leveler, you can attach these to the
outside of the cabinet at each of the four
corners. They're easy to adjust, too. mostly
because the threaded rod is simply easier
to get at. The only drawback is that the leveler
sticks out from the side of the cabinet, which
creates a little bit of a hazard for getting
tripped over or snagging up electrical cords
stretched across your shop floor.
Side Mount - Inside Cabinet
This is a little tidier of an arrangement
- with the leveler completely concealed inside
the bottom area of the cabinet. However, keep
in mind that you'l need to drill an access
hole of some sort to let you get at the threaded
rod for adjustment. Aside from that small
inconvenience, the inside-style leveler is
my choice overall for the way it neatly tucks
away inside the cabinet.
By far, the sturdiest cabinet leveler is the
type that mounts on the inside corners of
your cabinet. Being in the corner means we
can attach the bracket on two different sides
of the cabinet - which essentally doubles
the strength and durability. If you expect
your cabinet to hold a lot of weight, a corner-mount
leveler is your best choice.