|Forum topic by Babieca||posted 12-06-2015 02:59 PM||553 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-06-2015 02:59 PM
My first project for the new year will be a mobile stand for the Shopsmith 10 ER I inherited from my grandfather.
I basically want to make a plywood box with drawers and casters for it to sit on, but I’ve never designed for a big hunk of cast iron and steel spinning out-of-round chunks of wet oak. I don’t know the total weight of the machine, but it weighs more than I do. In lathe/sander mode the weight is distributed between the two ends, but in drill press mode it will be all on one side of the box.
The stand will be just over 5 ft long. Will it be strong enough if I make it out of 3/4 ply with the sides set in rabbets and two vertical dividers in dadoes?
Another option would be to make a dovetailed box out of 2x construction lumber with the vertical dividers in dadoes, though I would have to glue up panels to make them wide enough.
Also, will beefy locking casters be stable enough for lathe work, or do you think it will need retractable casters?
I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.