|Project by elbarneso||posted 05-02-2012 08:54 PM||6746 views||19 times favorited||11 comments|
I have long wanted to replace the HercuLift mobile base on my R4511 table saw that I seemed to curse every time I needed to use it. However, it wasn’t until I saw the Decked out R4511 project that Paul Stoops posted here on Lumberjocks that I got to inspiration to actually do it – thanks Paul !
Although I used Paul’s basic design for the mobile base, I made a few changes:
- slightly smaller width, as I was not planning to build enclosed side storage. I also nestle my mobile flip stand next to my table saw, so I couldn’t have the width extend past the big dust door on the right
- instead of building my own angled dust chute inside the main body, I cut down and reused the plastic dust chute that came with the R4511. This also allowed me to re-use the dust connection on the back.
- to reduce dust buildup inside the table saw, I used 3/16” pieces of white foam board that was on sale at Hobby Lobby. It is not too thin, and naturally slick. I also focused on the front and back of the inside of the saw, so I did not go all out like Paul did with foil-taped inserts on the side and inside the dust door. I am going to keep an eye on dust buildup in those areas and will add more foam board if needed.
- I am leaving it unpainted, so it matches my mobile flip stand. I will probably add some shellac and paste wax similar to the flip stand.
- For the main drawer slides, I am just using some scrap hardwood on the bottom. The drawer is heavy enough to stay put by itself, and I like being able to quickly pull the whole thing out.
Regarding transferring the table saw from the stock base to my new one, I toyed with borrowing an engine lift or similar. In the end, I decided to just put some plywood under the old base to raise it up to be barely higher than the new base, locked the 4 (double-locking) wheels, and slid the table saw over on a scrap piece of Hardie Board. I did take as much as I could off the top of the saw (including the granite wing) to reduce the weight. I know some will call me stupid for doing it this way by myself, but it felt solid/safe the whole time. I think maybe struggling with the HercuLift the last couple years made me able to muscle my table saw around easily – it was like a full workout sometimes to move that thing before :-) Now it rolls like butter!