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Project by WorkTheWood posted 11-10-2014 01:22 AM 1912 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted my drill press to be mobile but it had to meet 2 conditions. It needed to be rock solid as it sat in its “normal home”. It also needed to be stable when it was in motion. With the exception of the casters, this was built with materials laying around the shop.

I started with 2 pieces of 2’ x 2’ three quarter inch plywood. I glued and screwed them together. I then used a 2×4 to span the front of the base. The 2×4 extended 8 inches past the edge of the plywood on each side. The 2×4 was glued and screwed to the plywood base. I used a couple of 2×4’s for each side of the base. Both of these extended about 8 inches past the rear of the plywood base. Each caster swivels and locks. The casters were attached with lag screws to the underside of the extended 2×4’s.

For each of the 2×4’s on the side, I cut out a few pieces of some pipe insulation and stuck them to the back with double sided tape. These pieces would be pushed flush against the wall.

I wanted the unit to be very stable when it was against the wall and had seen someone else on here build a brace that had to be bolted and unbolted when moving the machine. I wanted something easier so I used some tie-down straps. For the bottom, I screwed a small piece of plywood to the wall behind the drill press and attached a couple of d-rings.

At the top, I did the same thing, but also took a scrap of wood and attached it to the plywood with a hinge. I rounded out the end of that piece of scrap and attached some pipe insulation to the end of it with double sided tape (for a little cushioning). When the drill press is away from the wall, the scrap piece folds down and out of the way.

It is very easy to secure the drill press to the wall as well as unsecure it when I need to move it. A simple press of the tab on each of the tie-down straps, a little pull, and you are ready to roll.

This thing is rock solid when it is against the wall. It is so solid that you don’t even really need to lock the casters if you dont want to. If you do lock the casters, it feels like the whole thing is set in concrete.

Extending the 2×4’s 8 inches out from the edge of the plywood base makes this thing incredibly stable when it is in motion. Wheel it out to the middle of the floor, lock the casters, and it is ready to go with no worries.

Thanks for checking out this cheap and simple little shop project. Comments (especially ideas for making it better) are very welcome!

Thanks,

Stags

-- -- Lou Stagner





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 11-10-2014 02:51 AM

I wish I had that much room in my shop ! Nice project : )

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 12:35 PM

Nice job, looks like you are afraid if left unrestrained your drill press will run amok in the shop.

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 02:58 PM

Simple, yet very effective. Great idea!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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WorkTheWood

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#4 posted 11-13-2014 12:43 AM



Nice job, looks like you are afraid if left unrestrained your drill press will run amok in the shop.

- PaulHWood

:) That made me chuckle!

I am the king of over-engineering!

-- -- Lou Stagner

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tyvekboy

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 01:02 AM

It’s a good start. Here is what I would change:

I would take the double plywood base and just have the 2 X 4’s around the top of them. That should be big enough that the drill press will not tip over. You can also keep it with the long arms but put the long arm in the back and out of your walk way. The 4 swivel lock casters you’re using should be sufficient to lock it in place without strapping it to the wall.

I noticed that the base of the drill press is about 4 inches above the floor. If you’re tall that’s ok … but I’m only 5’6” and that might be a little tall for me. I would suggest you set up the casters so the the bottom of the double plywood base is only 1/2 inch above the floor. That should give you enough clearance. If you want you make it 3/4” above the floor but I think 1/2 inch would be enough.

How do you do that you ask? Take a look at my Universal Power Tool Mobile Base posting and you’ll see how you can do it.

Hope this helps. If you need more info feel free to PM me.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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WorkTheWood

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 12:56 AM



It s a good start. Here is what I would change:

I would take the double plywood base and just have the 2 X 4 s around the top of them. That should be big enough that the drill press will not tip over. You can also keep it with the long arms but put the long arm in the back and out of your walk way. The 4 swivel lock casters you re using should be sufficient to lock it in place without strapping it to the wall.

I noticed that the base of the drill press is about 4 inches above the floor. If you re tall that s ok … but I m only 5 6” and that might be a little tall for me. I would suggest you set up the casters so the the bottom of the double plywood base is only 1/2 inch above the floor. That should give you enough clearance. If you want you make it 3/4” above the floor but I think 1/2 inch would be enough.

How do you do that you ask? Take a look at my Universal Power Tool Mobile Base posting and you ll see how you can do it.

Hope this helps. If you need more info feel free to PM me.

- tyvekboy

Thanks for the tips. Your universal mobile base is pretty sweet!

-- -- Lou Stagner

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 07:03 AM

simple, but effective – thanks for posting…

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