Jointer Mobile Base

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 09-03-2012 09:08 PM 2511 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a really small shop, so everything is on wheels. When I got my jointer though, it was really heavy. I actually hurt my arm trying to lift it! It rolls up by the workbench during the night, so my dad can get his car in. The problem was, how is a kid going to pick up a jointer, and carry it across the hole shop! So I made this mobile base for my jointer, it’s made out of 3/4 plywood. And locking caster’s that can hold up to 100lb. I thought that the jointer weighs so much, it would be to heavy for the base. But the mobile base holds the jointer just fine. I used glue and screws to assemble the base, you really have to use glue and screws, not brad nails. It turned out great, really easy to make too.

Thanks for reading,

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 09:18 PM

Great little Mobile Base AJ,
Being able to roll your tools around the shop is a must if your shop is small. I too have everything on wheels. And I’m always moving and rearranging everything depending on the project I’m working on.
As always, Nice Work AJ


-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 09:40 PM

good job on the base

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 09:49 PM

Looks great AJ.
Your castor can hold 100 LBs. Since you have 4 of them, your mobile base can actually hold 400 LBs (4×100).
You are in good shape with the loading.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 10:18 PM

Thanks, I was really happy when It held the jointer. The jointer weighs so much, that I didn’t even have to screw the jointer to the base!

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 10:34 PM

Nice job on that mobile base, AJ. That will surly hold that jointer!! It is amazing what the glue will hold after it cures over night!! You would probably not need screws!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 11:18 PM

All tricks of the trade. You learn as you go. Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-04-2012 12:12 AM


You are right, I used screws just in case. If you let glue dry overnight, it’s stronger than the wood itself! Yeah, I’ve come along way in woodworking, started out just as just 8 years old. Messing around with my grampa’s table saw, and sander’s was fun. I remember those days. That was what really got me interested in woodworking.


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#8 posted 09-04-2012 01:02 AM

Great mobile base but 2 concerns: I would attach the jointer to the base with some screws and be careful when you roll it sideways. It will be pretty top heavy. I tipped my Ridgid jointer over when I hit a cord with one caster!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-04-2012 04:46 AM

another winner

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 09-04-2012 05:57 AM

Good job. Just be sure to secure it to the base, or attach a strip of wood to the base just outside of the jointer feet to kind of box or frame in the jointer. Goal is to prevent it from sliding off the base. It can shift very easily if you bump something on the floor while moving it, like an extension cord, a chunk of wood, or uneven pavement.

-- Expert Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 09-04-2012 02:51 PM

I too need to put a mobile base on mine. Mine weighs 220 lbs. I had it on some wheels for awhile but found it to be a bit unstable when running larger pieces through it and I took it off the wheels…It does not move much anymore.

I’ll have to find a better design that offers more stability when parked. I agree with gfadvm as well, they get pretty top heavy when you set them up on casters. Be careful (take your time moving it) and good work!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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#12 posted 09-04-2012 03:22 PM

Great idea! For a small shop (mine too) you have to keep everything mobile.
It’s hard to tell from the pictures, is the jointer fastened to the cart?

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#13 posted 09-04-2012 07:22 PM

No, I’ve been really busy, so I haven’t got around to attaching the jointer to the base. Thanks for asking!


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#14 posted 09-04-2012 08:48 PM

Great job !! But secure the jointer to the base just to be safe

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 09-05-2012 08:16 PM

Lol is that blood on the base (in the second pic) already?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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