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Forum topic by Wayland posted 07-20-2012 09:22 AM 3470 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2012 09:22 AM

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I live in a small house in a subdivision and do not have a workshop. I am planning a mobile workbench that will hold a radial arm saw, a miter saw, and a router table. I will need to roll the workbench outside on the driveway to use it since we have things stored in the garage that will be harmed by sawdust. Therefore each leg will have casters. However, since the driveway is not level I need an spring loaded leg that I can extend and lock so that the table is steady and level. I have seen such legs on mobile ladder stands but don’t know what they are called or where to get them. The leveling adjustment required in less than 2 inches. Any help is appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 12:24 PM

Wood Magazine has an outfeed table that uses retractable casters. Raise it onto the casters to move it around, lower it down and it rests on the table legs. This would allow you to setup conventional leg levelers for the spot in your driveway and then not have to mess with it every time you use the bench. Here’s the link>> Wood Magazine They have a 2 minute video that shows how the wheels work, the only catch is that you have to register on the website, not a big deal…it’s free and you can set your account to not send any advertisements.

I think the plan was also in the September 2007 version of the magazine.

I also found this video on YouTube, same basic concept…lift the machine, unit drops back on levelers when released. Link >> Mobile Base

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 12:57 PM

Or you can just get large, double-locking casters. Stash a handful of shims on the cart somewhere and if you need to park it on uneven ground it takes but a minute to kick some shims under the one wheel that is off the ground. If your driveway has a significant slope you might need a couple of blocks also. I bet you will find that you always park the cart in about the same spot, so once you find the combination of blocks and shims that work you will just stash them on the cart somewhere and setup, after the first time, will be quick and easy.

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