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The title may be confusing. By rocks, I do not mean great, I mean it rocks. I have been unable to get the insert level. One edge/side of the insert is proud of the table top or the other side/edge of the insert has a dip. The table top and insert are Rockler. I have spent many hours trying to get all level, but frustrated. Recently, I have been placing a piece if 1/4" Masonite on the entire table to get a smooth top. All suggestions on how to "fix" the insert/top are welcome
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A couple of questions Will. I don't have that table so I'm not familiar with it. Does the insert plate have leveling screws or is it supposed to be rabbeted to the right depth? Is it a new table or used? If you turn the plate 180* the other way does the same side sit proud of the table?

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This table top and insert were new sevrrasl years ago. I purchased from a Rockler store in Cleveland that was closing. These are the floor models. Yres, there are leveling screws and the problem exists no matter which way the insert is turned. I feel one or the other is warped, not sure how yo bdetermine which one.
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If you put a straight edge across the corners of the insert and then the table and if there is some warp in either one it will leave a gap under the straight edge somewhere. Also, if you have a dead flat surface like a table saw you can lay the insert down on it and it should be obvious if it is warped.

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I would do exactly the 2 things Chuck suggested. Use winding sticks that are a foot or so long as the longer they are the easier it is to see the warp. Be certain that the sticks are straight also. Tip for others- like winding sticks you can sight a door jamb from inside of one side to outside of the other and quickly see if the jambs are parallel if the edges line up.
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One other thing as I think of it. Some times if you back off the leveling screws and put 4
dabs of hot glue on the corners and quickly press the plate flush with two straight edges it will be a "happy medium" that may be close if the plate isn't warped badly. Sometimes redneck fixes work quite well.
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Will I had the same problem with my Inca plate which has 10 leveling screws. No matter what I did it would always rock. So I only used 4 leveling screws turned the other 6 down so they were not touching the plate.
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