Retractable casters for shop tools

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Project by leec posted 08-24-2016 01:29 PM 11023 views 31 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My basement workshop doesn’t have a lot of room, so I needed a way to move my bandsaw, jointer and planer around. These are what I came up with. The jointer was my 1st attempt, and I wish now that I’d have attached the frame to the legs – like I did the planer – rather than lifting from beneath the legs. Untreated pine and concrete floors will eventually be problematic.

The cheapest source of casters I’ve found are to buy, disassemble and reuse Harbor Freight furniture dollies. Not only can you get 4 beefy casters for $8-9 (on sale and/or w/ 20% off coupon), but you get the mounting bolts/nuts for free.

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 01:38 PM

Hi Lee Welcome to Ljs
ingenious design well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 02:23 PM

Hey leec! You’ve really posted some nice stuff as your intro to LJ’s! Do you happen to have any plans for your mechanism(s)? Other than Norm’s workbench, this is the best mobile solution I’ve ever seen.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 02:32 PM

CaptainSkully - sorry, no plans for these. I just sort of winged it. The bandsaw was my own design. I got the inspiration for the jointer & planer from Carl Holmgren on YouTube.

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 02:56 PM

neat and a lot cheaper
welcome 2 LJ’s


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#5 posted 08-24-2016 03:15 PM

Clever application!

The best part about these is your tool rests solidly on the floor, no dealing with four separate caster lock levers!

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#6 posted 08-26-2016 12:27 PM

This is genius!

-- Jim B

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#7 posted 08-26-2016 04:38 PM


-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#8 posted 08-26-2016 10:54 PM

I really like the setup on the bandsaw. Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 08-27-2016 02:03 AM

Nice job!

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#10 posted 08-27-2016 03:00 AM

Thanks for posting Lee. It’s ingenious and catching on. 23 favorites counting me.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 08-29-2016 12:11 AM

Ditto a1Jim!

-- Jim B

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