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Forum topic by RedWoodworker posted 02-07-2018 02:46 PM 265 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RedWoodworker

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02-07-2018 02:46 PM

Hello all,

I am almost finished with my first real project: a mobile drill press cart. The design is basic (followed something I found on Wilker Do’s), and the execution is not especially pretty (there is not a 90 degree angle to be found), but I think it will work for its intended purpose and I’m excited to have it completed.

Anyway, I realized that the cart is not as high as I would like it for the drill press. To help fix this, I was considering screwing two pieces of 3/4” plywood to the bottom corners of the cart (adding 1.5” in height), and then attaching the casters to these pieces of plywood instead of directly to the bottom of the cart.

Structurally, would this cause any issues? I’d rather have a lower cart that is stable than a slightly higher one that may be less stable.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!


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Steve

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#1 posted 02-07-2018 03:06 PM

I think your solution would work.

You could also probably just run 2×4s along each side on the bottom and then mount the casters to them.

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RedWoodworker

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#2 posted 02-07-2018 03:59 PM



I think your solution would work.

You could also probably just run 2×4s along each side on the bottom and then mount the casters to them.

- bndawgs

The 2×4s are a great idea. Thanks bndawgs!

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#3 posted 02-07-2018 04:57 PM

I would suggest you pay attention to the center of gravity also.
the smaller your base and the higher you go increases the risk of falling over. (which is not a good thing).

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RedWoodworker

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 05:12 PM



I would suggest you pay attention to the center of gravity also.
the smaller your base and the higher you go increases the risk of falling over. (which is not a good thing).

- John Smith

That is a good point. The base of my drill press is 17” x 10”, so I made the table 24” x 22” to give some extra space. Think that will be a problem?

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