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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 09-30-2008 12:24 AM 3859 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been checking out mobile bases for my bandsaw, & decided to just put casters on it.

I checkout the base of my bandsaw, & I decided it was built plenty strong enough to handle the casters.

That’s all I had to do was cut some 1” x 2” x 3” blocks to fit in corners between the channel cross members.

I drilled some 1/2” holes in towards the cabinet, so the large flat fender washers would fit.

The reason I used fender washers, was to prevent the bases metal from pulling into the wood.

I bought 4” casters with 1/2” threaded stud, so it added 5” to the table height, which is much more comfortable on my neck,

& not having to hunch over while sawing anymore. I’m just an inch shy of 6 feet tall.

All totaled it cost me about $32.
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Here it shows the wooden filler block. You can’t see the washer on top of the block

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Here it is ready to roll!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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Grumpy

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#1 posted 09-30-2008 12:31 AM

Now Dick, is that a new disquise you have or are you under cover, LOL. I guess it’s something to do with name conflicts on the site. Great job on the wheels.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 09-30-2008 12:39 AM

That’s cause I’m always chipping & cutting.<:O)#

Thanks for the comment Grumpy.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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WoodMosaics

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#3 posted 09-30-2008 12:44 AM

Makes it handy to move around now, I bet.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 09-30-2008 12:53 AM

Thanks, WoodMosaics

I don’t move it very often, but in my cramped up shop, you have to for some set ups.

The big plus with this, is the table height increase.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#5 posted 09-30-2008 07:07 AM

Good idea, wish I thought of it earlier, it woulda saved me $90.00 !

-- Bob Schilke

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#6 posted 09-30-2008 08:04 AM

Dick, A good idea, but be careful – you are now putting a different stresses on the base, for which it was not designed for. You may find that the base strength is also weakend, because it is now capable of flexing.

Try mounting the wheels on some 3/4 MDF or plywood and then attach the base to the mdf/plywood – this way the whole of the base of the band saw it supported as it would be mounted on the floor.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 09-30-2008 12:59 PM

Thanks for your concern Tony,

but I think the heavy gauge base plus the reinforced cross members,

tied in with the same gauge steel sides of the cabinet are quite strong enough.

I don’t believe a 3/4” sheet of plywood would add very much to its strength.

I’ve worked around, & have made things of steel, so I’m going by my own experience.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 09-30-2008 01:38 PM

I cheated and went to harbor freight and bought the large $15 dolly and put my band saw on it. I should probably bolt it down to the dolly but it is pretty stable so far and at the time I was not sure how I liked it.

I would give some thought to what tony said about stress on the base that it was not tested for. The plywood sheet would not add strength but it would more evenly distribute the weight. But what do I know :) We can look back in a year and see how it worked out.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 09-30-2008 02:31 PM

Snowdog, good thinking on the dolly.
I had recently bought a dolly, but I planned on using it to move some of my other equipment around, but mine cost me $30. If I had used a dolly, I’d have to shorten it up so I wouldn’t be tripping over it in my small shop.

As you say, ”time will tell”, but I’m not worried about it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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SteveKorz

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#10 posted 09-30-2008 05:05 PM

Good idea, Dick… I splurged on a mobile base when I bought my saw, and I love being able to move it around. You’ll enjoy that feature.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 09-30-2008 05:39 PM

That’s about all I did with my BS. I added some t-nuts and leveling feet to lift the front casters off the ground and stabilize it when in position. That addition makes it much more stable on uneven flooring, otherwise it can rock depending on location on my non-flat garage floor. For quick cuts I don’t usually set the levelers, but for resaw or stuff I care about the added stability is nice to have.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#12 posted 10-12-2008 04:13 PM

Dick,

Where did you get the casters at such a great price? Woodcraft has some with the 1/2” thread but they are almost $17 each.

Lenny

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 10-12-2008 04:53 PM

I bought my casters from a local store that has ties with Northern Tool, & Equipment.
I couldn’t find the 4” here, but they have 5”. They are rated for 275 lbs.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Lenny

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#14 posted 10-28-2008 02:39 AM

Hi Dick, I wanted to show you my bandsaw base with the casters added. With no offense to you, I liked Tony’s suggestion of using a 3/4” piece of MDF to span the entire bottom of the base. I attached the MDF to the base and the casters to the MDF. As I was eyeing my work, I noticed a can of green spray paint in my shop. Well, the 2nd picture tells that story. My casters are from Rockler. They are 3” locking type. They cost me $50 plus shipping and handling. Plus the cost of a 2’X4’ piece of MDF. Still a far cry from the cost of a good quality mobile base. I am struggling to learn this photo posting technique so the photos are off center but you will get the gist of it.

Be well,
Lenny

MDF and Casters

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 10-28-2008 04:53 AM

Hi Lenny,

Thanks for your input, & it looks great.

Now we’ll have to have a drag race or something to test test them out. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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