Thanks for the replies. A little more info:
The issue is marking out the correct “water level” (if we’re talking aircraft terminology). After I have them all marked, I can just take them to the band saw and then to the flat sander for fine adjustment.
The legs were cut a little long and are not flat on the bottoms. Also, the angles that they splay out at are not perfect (the way it goes with all woodworking) so calculating the theoretical length may or may not yield a desk that sits flat and doesn’t tripod.
so to describe a bit more about my thinking of solving the problem:
- jack up each corner with something that has fine adjustment
- make sure feet are off the ground
- use bubble level to make sure table top is level
- use laser level a couple inches off the ground, but high enough to hit all 4 legs, marking out a plane that I cut the legs to that is parallel to the table top.
So for this idea, I’d need the laser level, a bubble level and four adjustable jacks
also thanks, @mblatz. Yes, I made everything here at DMS, I started this project on 5/17. My first foray into real woodworking!
Here’s the drawing I made for the legs: You can see the 45° chamfer that joins the legs is made at 8° (in two planes) to the surface that mates with the bottom of the table which gives it the slight splay in both directions. On the right is the template I made to cut these out of a board. …if you were interested.