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Jason White

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03-05-2009 10:38 PM

Hi guys (and gals)! First time poster, but I’m a regular at SMC, WoodNet, etc. etc. etc.

I just ordered a new Grizzly G1023 tablesaw. The saw is only 34” tall, and I want the top of the table to be 40” (because I’m a 6’4” tall FREAK!!).

I’m trying to come up with a plan for a mobile base that will elevate the saw to 40” without making everything too tippy.

Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 03-05-2009 11:32 PM

I’ve got my contractor saw on a cabinet with wheels at 40”, which is about waist-high for me. I’ve found it to be pretty much perfect.


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#2 posted 03-06-2009 02:06 PM

Wow! Nice drawing!! I need to work on my Sketchup skills.

I wonder where I can get some angled steel like that for the wheels? Guess I’d make it myself.

I was even thinking of making something with 4”x4” hard maple “posts” (sort of like the frame for a workbench with beefy stretchers) with M&T or half-lap joints and create a rabbet on the inside timbers for the saw to sit in. Or is that overkill?


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#3 posted 03-06-2009 02:21 PM

Yeah, I guess everything can’t look like “furniture.”

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 03:03 PM

I’ld make the frame wider, maybe cut out a section of the front where your feet are but at 40” tall I think your taking chances.

I’m 6’ 4” and I dont have a problem with table saw hieghts?

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 05:13 PM

Really Roman? 40” is just below waist high for me. I’ve tried 34” inches and my back gets pretty sore.


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#6 posted 03-06-2009 06:02 PM

I was thinking dig a pit in front of the saw. If my saw was any higher it’d be unable to reach the back. As it is it’s hard now.

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#7 posted 03-06-2009 06:57 PM

I am 6’4” too and I was working in a garage with the concrete slab in very bad shape. I was considering to pour a rectangle of concrete just for the saw and the extension table….I finally moved so I never did it. Just another option/suggestion.

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#8 posted 03-06-2009 10:27 PM

You guys are not going to like this one… Put 12” wheels on the saw and it will make the saw 6” taller and roll over any rough flooring! before you laugh too loudly, think of how many carts and all you see with large wheels. The guy who originally put those tiny little wheels on the first mobile cart did not have all the dust, dirt and kindling on his shop floor as I do.

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#9 posted 03-06-2009 10:37 PM

You could get extensions made up for the legs at most sheet metal shops.
A few bucks but you are worth it.
If $ is tight than just build up a box (as above) using 2×6” frame and plywood.


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#10 posted 03-06-2009 10:43 PM

I’m 6’2” and I have no problem with the hieght of my Delta Contractor’s saw on a low, Delta mobile base.

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#11 posted 03-07-2009 03:42 PM

My problem is usually exactly the opposite! Trying to make tools mobile without adding too much height to them.

Now that the weather is getting nicer, I just reworked my router table to remove about 3.5” from the height it was originally. I am 6’ tall and the table is now about 35” from the floor so the relative proportions are about the same as you are talking.

I like DaveR’s idea; you could even extend it farther to the right and add drawers for storage and a table extension. I would consider moving at least the front casters inside the torsion box (how much would that weaken it?) to avoid stubbing your toes on them all the time. Make the front ones freewheeling and the rear ones locking to keep the saw in place.

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#12 posted 03-07-2009 03:55 PM

I like the torsion box drawing posted earlier. I’m 5’-6” and do not share the same problem. I work with alot of taller guys that are always saying there backs hurt from bending over on the work benches. The benches are at ideal height for me. When i was younger I wanted to be taller, but now my height is serving me well

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#13 posted 03-07-2009 07:06 PM

I made something similar to what Dave R suggested. I used three 2×8’s 4 feet long with 2×6 cross connectors laid perpendicular and underneath. I then used four 125 lb rated wheels screwed to the 2×6’s. The last thing needed are brackets on either side so that as you push it around or put weight on the table saw wings, it won’t tip as you’ll be working against a much wider base.

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#14 posted 03-09-2009 03:29 AM

not sure if you are still looking for solution. but I have a 10” base that I made for a washing machine and no longer use. its made of 10”x2” grid box joint with a birch ply top . if you want you can come by and take it. pm me with email addres for pics.

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#15 posted 03-09-2009 03:32 AM

I think you have the best of the two possible problems. Raising the saw is pretty easy by simply adding more material under the saw or using larger casters. Lowering the tools, or keeping them at the original height after adding the mobile base is a much tougher problem to fix….

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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