Yes something else involving filing cabinets.
I have an old Craftsman RAS that I can’t even sell for $75 on Craigslist, so I keep it for cutting dados for card and phone holders. It has the standard spayed leg stand where I kept a couple of empty tool boxes, but not really anything else.
I got two 2-drawer cabinets a few weeks ago for $5 each, about half what I’m willing to pay for good ones.
As they were a matched pair I had the opportunity to join them together to make a base for my old Craftsman RAS.
First I rolled everything out of the way so I could work in the shop under the chain hoist so I didn’t have to wrestle the saw around too much. Then I put the two cabinets side by side next to the saw to get a visual on how it would look.
The final height was going to be almost the same as the initial height so everything was looking good.
I knew I wanted to join the two cabinets together so I pulled the drawers and slides out and laid the two cabinets on their sides.
I have a BUNCH of 1/8 inch rivets so I figured about a dozen of them would do the job holding the cabinets together. I used 1/8 inch aluminum rivet washers to make sure the back sides couldn’t pull out too easily.
I also made sure to put rivets along the edges where there was a double thickness of sheet metal.
That was the easy part.
I scooted the RAS under the hoist and lifted it up until the legs were just off the floor.
I started unbolting the mounting bolts from underneath but realized I’d have to take the table off anyway to drill the mounting holes in the filing cabinets, so I popped the tables off to finish removing the table.
I got the stand off with no problems and moved the twinned up cabinets underneath the RAS.
I centered the RAS where I wanted it on the cabinet tops and drilled 5/16” holes for the 1/4” mounting bolts off the old stand. All went well.
It was a pain getting the bolts on the back of the RAS bolted in (one man operation) but a ratchet wrench worked well as an arm extension to hold things in place.
Got the drawers back in place, table top reattached, and everything scooted back into position.
Best of all, no leftover bolts (mechanics nightmare.)!!!
The base is just as sturdy as the stand was and although the footprint is a few inches more narrow the addition of 50 pounds of turning blanks and other stuff in the drawers dropped the center of gravity down quite a bit. Also, since this is a special purpose saw it never sees wood that sticks out past the end of the table.
On a side note, the drawers now hold:
Gloves in various sizes and shapes
Knee and elbow pads for crawling and kneeling.
Turning blanks for handles in wood I actually paid money for
A dozen or so tubes of caulk in different flavors plus a half dozen caulk guns.
The original stand didn’t have wheels and I didn’t put any on the cabinets. If I decide I want it more mobile later I can put some rollers on the back side.
Comments/critiques/suggestions always welcome.
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."