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Forum topic by okacookie posted 02-18-2015 08:47 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2015 08:47 PM

Hey everyone,

I am planning some mobile bases and will be using Douglas fir that has been killed to about 3×3.25 and was wondering what the strongest joint will be. I am thinking of using a lap joint, bridle joint, or doing a loose tenon to join the frame together. This will be for my CI base Delta jointer and I will be attaching casters with a leveling foot for stability. This will all be attached to some heavy angle iron and then bolted to the frame. I will also be rounding the corners to match the curve on the cast iron base. I will also be making a similar frame for my bandsaw if this works out well.

The reason I am making a base is because I have most of the supplies and it is another project to work on some skills. Thanks for the input.


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#1 posted 02-19-2015 01:17 AM

I have made mobile bases for my heavy tools and half lap joinery has held up really well. Bridle joints would be good but the half laps are easier in my hands.

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 01:20 AM

Making mobile bases is where I like being able to weld. They’re quick, strong, and not as bulky as wood (if that matters). Other threads have touched on the issue of welding as a skill for woodworkers.

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 02:14 AM

2×2 angle on its on would more than sufficient.

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#4 posted 02-19-2015 12:54 PM

I mainly want to use wood for the jointer since I have the lumber, and I want to raise the height up a little. I was going to look at angle iron for some of my bigger machines. I do have a welder so that is not an issue. Thanks for the input guys.

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