|Forum topic by jimhester||posted 04-24-2012 04:15 PM||1077 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-24-2012 04:15 PM
Hello all. This is my first post here. I’m finally retired and setting up my small shop. Some tools I’ve bought, and others I inherited. I got an old Craftsman floor model drill press that my dad bought back in the fifties. Heavy, heavy, heavy. Even my two ape-like sons (not because of their strength, but because their knuckles drag the ground) worked up a sweat loading and unloading it here.
I really don’t want to attach it to my garage floor if I can help it. The floor already has some cracks, and I’d rather not drill holes in it. Plus, I’m not sure the location will be the final destination for the press. So I’m looking at attaching some braces to the bottom to keep it from tipping over. The base is about 18” wide and 24” long. So cross braces 36” long would only stick out 9” on each side.
I don’t know if that 9” would be enough or not. If that thing starts tipping, I’d never be able to stop it in time to keep from causing damage, more importantly to keep from getting hurt. I’m going to have it backed up to the wall, but I’m also wondering if I need a brace extending out the front in case it ever tries to tip forward. Any suggestion? Thanks. Jim