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I hesitated for about a week to post this. This is a pitiful excuse for a project, but one that I felt had to be done. You see my drill press is sort of wobbly on it’s own puny foot, it is really designed to be bolted to the floor, or a stand. Well I happened to have a Harbor Freight Universal Mobile base , and some not too warped or twisted 2×6 laying around…
The base was built per HF’s instructions with 1.25” square lumber, which was obtained by face jointing the 2×6, and planing it to 1.25”, then ripping the 1.25” cross sections. Now my caliper was reading 1.25” in each dimension except length of course, but somehow this one was different from my other HF base, and it did NOT fit. I had to hit it with the hand plane a couple of passes each way to get a good fit.
The overall dimensions of the base itself are 24” deep x 28” wide. This gives me a MUCH more substantial footing than what the drill press has stock, The levelers lock it nicely to the floor. 2 24” long 1.25” sections of 2×6 were used to create the cross piece / pad for the drill press to mount to. These were drilled to accept 1/2” x 4” carriage bolts. The bolt heads do not fully recess into the lumber below as it is off the floor over an inch, but the do pull solidly into the lumber.
In the near future, I plan on painting both the foot and the mobile base a gloss black enamel to help it resist rot and rust in my shop as it sits up against the shop door and hard winds / driving rains tend to push water under the door seal from time to time…
-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com