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Blog entry by woodworkingbuff posted 03-25-2013 08:36 AM 3534 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I want to build a table saw cabinet on casters.
I have limited space and I need to store it under my workbench.
I see a lot of cabinets with rollers or casters here.
My question is with the casters or rollers. Does it make the cabinet wobbly while you’re trying to use it? Has anyone come up with a way to lift the cabinet up off the wheels?

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#1 posted 03-25-2013 11:03 AM

I have my TS up on a caster base I built. It is pretty solid, but I would recommend using double locking casters. they prevent the wheels from rolling, but also lock them from rotating (pivoting) as well. I would use all 4 rotating casters.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 01:53 PM

I used workbench castors from Rockler for a work table I made, they work well. Also there are mobile bases available. I agree with Chase that all castors need to be rotating.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 03-25-2013 03:38 PM

I used double wide, non-swivel casters in the rear, and two-way locking swivels in the front. They lock both the rolling, and swivel motions. Works great, no wobble.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-25-2013 07:30 PM

I have the mobil base …it sits a little lower so you don’t have to raise the workbench too high.

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 09:53 PM

Thanks for the help. I didn’t know about the double locking casters. I bought single locking casters. I’ll have to exchange them.

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 10:12 PM

My next question is.
My cabinet is going to be 63 inch’s long. Should I use 4 casters or 6?

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 10:17 PM

I would suggest six as long as they are all double locking. You can get away with four so long as your frame is rigid, and the wheels are larger, but six would probably work better.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 10:39 PM

Duplicate entry…

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 11:13 PM

A number of years ago I built the following Mobile Tablesaw base from the Wood Magazine Idea Shop #2:
Tablesaw Base
It has a tapered bottom on one side, that when tilted back, allows the two wheels to contact the ground for movement. The base is stable with the far side fully in contact with the floor and the front and back each 75% in contact with the floor. Here is a picture of the front of my unit, showing the front with the front wheel showing:

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 03-26-2013 08:50 PM

A somewhat expensive solution is to get leveling casters. Such as these

These are expensive but if you search around you can find cheaper ones. I’ve built several rolling cabinets for my shop. They are on Steelex locking casters. They are OK, but while my garage floor is PRETTY level it isn’t really flat so often I find my output table or miter saw stand rocks unless I jam a window-shingle shim in there.

-- Ric, Northern Illinois, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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