I'm drawing some plans for cabinets to be incorporated into a workbench and miter saw station along one wall of the garage.
Should I make the bench true to the floor or level?
There are lots of replies about making it flat, which was not the question. Obviously you want a"flat" bench top.
So the question was whether to make the bench "true to the floor" meaning all legs are equal, since you wouldn't want 4 legs of all different lengths.
so, I posted above No. 2, make the legs the same length. Now the bench is "true to the floor" but it may not be level.
The next question is whether to make it "level" which does not mean "flat". I would make all the legs the same length and THEN level it out with a.... wait .... a level! A bench that is not level will throw off your visual ability to judge verticals, since every thing will look crooked, not plumb. PITA. Round things like chisels, pencils, dowels, etc.will tend to roll off also.
It will not allow you to use spacer blocks to support workpieces, like an outfeed table, since they will rock if your sawtable is level and the bench is not. If every tool in the shop is not level, you won't enjoy working there... trust me. Whether you can make it "dead level" is not needed, it just should be as level as you can make it.