Leveling basement surface for bench top

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Leveling basement surface for bench top

Hi, first time posting, I recently moved into a new house and I'm setting up a shop area in the basement. It's somewhat small and, in my opinion, poorly-arranged. I've got no real space for a work bench, and I thought of using the basement wall itself. We have a Michigan basement, and I thought I could use some of the elevated surface coming off the wall, set a good top on it and use it for a working surface.

Before I put a bench top surface down, though, what would be an ideal way to level it? A friend suggested a skim coat of Portland Cement might level the surface well enough.
 
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Old 11-24-15, 03:39 AM
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Sorry to say that not everyone knows what a "Michigan basement" is.
You might want to offer a detailed description of what it is?

If it's like what a search engine describes you would need to have support near the front edge which needs solid support.
Most benches have a vice or see a lot of downward pressure that would benefit from legs extending to the floor.
 
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A picture would be even more helpful so we can see what your seeing.
 
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I realize now that the expression "Michigan basement" is a bit of a regional thing...
 
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You can also support a bench from above, or from the wall with gussets. Doesn't necessarily need legs.
 
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Here's a picture:

http://i.imgur.com/YyMNicY.jpg

My friend described it as a "dug out crawlspace. Given how far it sticks out, I could have a 2' deep surface and that would leave a "lip" large enough to mount things like a vise.

The surface I used for my last bench was two 3/4" pieces of plywood impregnated with epoxy, with a hardboard surface that could be easily changed. I loved it and it suited my purpose great.

This area of the basement is the perfect height, I just want to have it somewhat level before I anchor my surface.
 
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I think cement will crack and flake off from pounding and vibration. If it's not outrageously off level, I would run several lines of construction adhesive that stays pliable when dry, shim it level and let it dry completely before fastening it down.
 
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