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    Shop Made Cabinet Levelers

    I seem to make these up as the project demands. Stopping to do so sometimes gets me off track and I lose more time than they warrant. I am making a drawer unit for under the right tablesaw wing and the need came up again. I decided to grab some scrap oak from an old front door, mill it down and make a batch. Most of us have a method or could figure it out easily enough if the need came up. Maybe this will help some of the newer folks or trigger some ideas for others.

    Stop blocks assure repeatability.

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    I drill a counterbore for the t-nut and a through hole for the threaded stem.

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    I also counterbore for the t-nut's shoulder.

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    The vise seats the t-nuts without a lot of pounding on things.

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    A cheap VIX bit assures centered screw holes.

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    And now I'll have a batch of spares for next time ;-)

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    They can be adjusted with a wrench from below or a screwdriver from above.

    Here's some previous and some of the new ones installed:

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 04-13-2013 at 04:51 AM.
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    Looking good Glen..

    Also much better T nuts than I have on average care to share your source...
    Garry

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    They're from Rockler. I normally don't pay a buck-or-so each for a t-nut but, they had a sale and free shipping so I bought a bunch which brought the actual cost per each into reasonable territory. I have used regular friction-fit t-nuts without issue on smaller pieces. Some of my pieces weight a few hundred pounds. I don't want a call when someone tries to shove a chest of drawers or a display cabinet over while rearranging a room or to retrieve something that fell behind. The extra $5 gets lost in the project cost, gives the client a better piece and me a good night's sleep ;-)
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    Since I see your Canon camera in pic number 6---How did you take the pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Since I see your Canon camera in pic number 6---How did you take the pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Foster View Post
    Looking good Glen..

    Also much better T nuts than I have on average care to share your source...
    Garry
    Agree . You have nice nuts!
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