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Sawstop PCS Mobile base #3: Fixing an Oops, level feet and caster mounts.

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Blog entry by pneufab posted 500 days ago 1428 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Cutting, grinding and welding.. Part 3 of Sawstop PCS Mobile base series Part 4: Finished....for now.....:) »

OOPS….I had to fix a boo-boo today. I used the measurements online to plan the base. When I received the saw (but of course after I welded it up) I double checked and the measurements were not exactly accurate. The leveling bolts would have been extremely close to the saw, probably too close to use a socket to adjust the feet, which is what I want to use. So, on to fix the error. I added 3/4” to the length.

Spacers tacked in place

welded up

Layout the caster mounts

Bust out the cut off wheel

Rough cut and drilled

Prepping for the level mounts

Feet ready to be welded

Test fit

Welded up mounts

I got a late start tonight. Tomorrow I will smooth out the caster mounts, weld them in place, finish grind and weld everything and get a coat of paint on it.

Thanks for looking.



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jap

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#1 posted 500 days ago

coming along well

-- Joel

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Ampeater

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#2 posted 500 days ago

OK. I’m very impressed. Those are excellent welds. Before I retired, I designed welders and specialized in TIG welders. I assume that you are a professional welder as well as a woodworker.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#3 posted 499 days ago

Thanks guys…
“Amp” I appreciate the kind words… I see you live in Ohio, did you happen to work for Lincoln Electric?

I am very flattered, but I am not a professional welder I did MIG for Caterpillar for about a year back in 1998 though. I do work in the welding industry on the distributor side of things and metal fabrication has been a hobby of mine for a while. I used to do a lot more, but have slid down the slippery slope of woodworking for the last few years so it is nice to get back to doing a metal fabrication project here and there. :)

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#4 posted 499 days ago

“pneufab” Not Lincoln. I worked for Hobart Brothers in Troy, Ohio for 31 years.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#5 posted 499 days ago

I agree, your metal fabrication skills are great! I have enjoyed these blog posts a lot. You are very talented.

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 498 days ago

Great blog! Great project! What do you do you long straight angled cuts with on the tubing? I too love mixing the metal fab in with my woodworking from time to time, very nice to be able to fab what you need and not have to always purchase!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 498 days ago

Amp- Being an ITW guy, I like Hobart better than Lincoln.. I am a Miller man myself :)

Norm – Thank you very much!

Dennis – Are you referring to the angled cut above for the caster mounts? This is where I wish a had a vertical bandsaw, but careful layout and a cut off wheel on a 4.5” grinder will yield good results and that is what I used for the cut above. I usually take the wheel and score the line I want to follow first. Then I work the grinder back and forth and try to cut the line to the same depth the length of the cut. This will limit pinching of the wheel which can results in explosion of the wheel if you just buried the wheel in one spot. The miter cuts for the main tubing were made on a 14” abrasive(chop) saw.

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#8 posted 496 days ago

Very nice. your welds look grate.

-- Have a great day.

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