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Project by JarodMorris posted 607 days ago 4698 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a video I took this afternoon of my mobile base. I built this over the last month or so after much research on LJ and on Youtube. Some mobile bases I found were quite elaborate (Matthias Wandel’s design though we’d expect nothing less from him) and I opted for what seems like the simplest solution. One lever that can be stepped on and all functions operated with my foot. It works well. The only issue I have is that the casters near the motor end hit the 2×6 cross brace. I used all wood I already had in my shop so no out of pocket expenses there. $9 (on sale) for the furniture dolly, $2 each for the 3” butt hinges at HF tools ($8 total). Lag screws I already had, but those might have been $0.50 a piece or so, maybe I’m estimating high. I used 4 of them, so $2.00. In all, I have about $25 in the base. I’m building one similar to this for my table saw next.

I think you can hear how happy I am in my voice. I finally can move this thing around in my garage and get better organized.

http://youtu.be/18OkFhlW7As

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".





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OldKranky

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#1 posted 607 days ago

That’s a great base. My table saw came with one that is quite similar and it works well too.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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cwdance1

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#2 posted 607 days ago

I need to make on of these for my table saw.
Thanks for giving me some inspiration.

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 607 days ago

neat base. I need to make one for my jointer.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Roger

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#4 posted 607 days ago

Works very well. Nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Joel Wires

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#5 posted 607 days ago

Looks familiar. :)

-- Joel Wires --> http://www.wiresstudio.com

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JarodMorris

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#6 posted 607 days ago

Joel,

The youtube video that gave me this design said that he got the design from somewhere on the internet where and I’m pretty sure your design sounds like his description. Here’s the video that I found. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFcLIUjzomY Looks like you were indirectly my inspiration!

Jarod

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 607 days ago

Great idea, simple and effective ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Ben Simms

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#8 posted 606 days ago

I have a small shop and am always sliding machines around to make room. I need a few of these. Nice work!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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dbhost

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#9 posted 606 days ago

I really ought to do something like this for my table saw, AND my lathe… I have something similar on my table saw, but I have to reach into the stand to operate the base, its’s a pain in the tail to operate. This looks MUCH easier…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jeffery Mullen

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#10 posted 605 days ago

I move my table saw around allot so one of these would be good in my shop too.

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sillac

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#11 posted 604 days ago

I have been putting air sleds under my tools. Take a look at my projects and leave a comment on what you think.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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