Contractors Saw - Mobile Base

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Project by fooj posted 05-17-2009 01:24 AM 9921 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mobile base I made for my old table saw. I had a different version on it before but it was damaged by some careless movers. The previous version used small roller blade wheels so it was more difficult to roll over saw dust and wood chips. This one is much more robust.

The design is simple to build from some 3/4” plywood, hinges and 8” wheels. It allows the saw to spin on a dime to fit into tight spots for small shops.

Unfortunately, soon after I finished this the saw decided to bite me. My wife decided that I wasn’t allowed to use this saw anymore and so my step father inherited it. The good news, my wife decided that what I need is a SawStop cabinet saw. Yeah!

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 02:27 AM

nice one … do you dream this up ? looks like it would work well

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 02:48 AM

sorry about the bite happy about the Saw Stop nice design.

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 03:01 AM

Great Im Going To Make This

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 04:15 AM

Can’t see how far the middle hinge part protrudes relative to the tabletop. Hope it doesn’t catch one’s knee in anyway. Those who want to make their own mobile bases, here’s another example:

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 04:38 AM

Great job! Are you and Engineer? Just looking at it, I saw all my statics, dynamics, and structures classes come roaring back at me. Nice design…

I just bought a SawStop two weeks ago. I bought the “contractors” saw instead of the cabinet saw. I put contractors in quotes because it still weighs over 400 lbs. I got the cast iron wings instead of the aluminum ones with a 36-inch fence, extension table and an outfeed table for about $2500. Its the same exact table dimensions you get with the cabinet saw, but between $2000-$3000 cheaper. I would seriously look into the contractors saw. Really I don’t see any reason to get the cabinet saw. The contractors saw does not vibrate at all! It does have plastic turn wheels for the blade height and angle instead of cast iron, but you can buy cast iron wheels at fairly cheaply. Besides the safety feature, this saw F@#$ing KICKS @$$!!! It cuts so smooth and straight. I bought a $110 forest blade for it, but the Sawstop blade it comes with works so well I don’t think I need it. So far I’ve cross cut melamine, plywood, hardboard, mahogany, cherry, walnut without any tearout. I found myself cutting boards just to cut them, so I could run my finger down the smooth edge. The assembly directions come with color coated fasteners and poster board thick instructions that you can hang on the wall like a calendar. It is by far the nicest, coolest, best performing, awesomest (is that a word) tool I’ve ever seen! My advise to everyone that reads this is to go and buy this tool immediately!!!

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 04:43 AM

great idea for a design…it could be used in lots of application for shop tools…

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#7 posted 05-17-2009 05:39 AM

I can’t quite tell but it looks like this lift teeters on the wheels. If so, could this be resolved by a swivel 3rd wheel in the front? I really like the design. Nice job!


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#8 posted 05-17-2009 09:22 AM

neat little device. Congrats on the little woman insisting you get a stop saw. Hope your bite wasn’t a bad one!!

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#9 posted 05-17-2009 02:16 PM

I have always found it fun to build my own mobile bases. This looks like a pretty good one, especially with the size of the wheels.

Sorry about the injury. I hope you are back in the shop soon and the Sawstop will definately be money well spent.

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 03:26 PM

I agree with Scott….......heal quick.

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 03:50 PM

Sounds like this is one bite with a happy ending!

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#12 posted 05-22-2009 12:57 PM

Thanks for the comments. To answer a few of the questions:

ChuckM: ”Can’t see how far the middle hinge part protrudes relative to the tabletop. Hope it doesn’t catch one’s knee in anyway.”
It doesn’t stick out past the rail at all. I thought about that when I was laying it out with the CAD software (SolidWorks). I have had no problems with my knees or legs hitting it.

tmiller: ”I can’t quite tell but it looks like this lift teeters on the wheels. If so, could this be resolved by a swivel 3rd wheel in the front?”
Yes, it does need to be balanced while moving it around. Yup, a swivel wheel could solve this, Great idea. I will have to let my step father know so he can incorporate it into the design.

Wingstress: ”Are you and Engineer?”
Yup, a mechanical engineer. I’ve worked on all types of products from the very large (wind tunnel rolling roads), to the very small (computer hard drives), to the VERY fast (Tul-aris motorcycle).

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