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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Full size Drill Press mobile base

    I want to build a "safe" mobile base for my Steel City drill press.
    Would you folks please share any pictures/ideas with me?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Don,

    I didn't make mine, but here's my Steel City press with a Fox Shop stand on it. I don't move it much, but when I have, I've never had a problem.




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    Which one did you get Greg?

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    I made a mobile base for my 70/80's era craftsman drill press. No pictures, but hopefully my description will give you some ideas.

    I made a rectangular base frame out of red oak. The dimensions were about 4 inches x 2 inches and between 18 and 24 inches long. I used a lap joint initially cut on the band saw with cleanup and fine tuning with the stacked dado blade, block plane and sand paper. The joints were glued together, but no nails or screws.

    On top of this frame I glued and nailed 3/4 inch plywood. The edges of the plywood was trimmed using a router and a round over bit. To this frame I attached some Grizzly double locking swiveling casters with screws. The mobile base is about 3 Ĺ inches larger than the drill press base on the sides and about an inch larger on the front and back. The top of the mobile base is about 5 to 6 inches off the ground. The drill press base is bolted to this base using Ĺ inch bolts with nylon insert lock nuts.. There are washers both at the bolt head and the nut.

    So, how did it turn out? Not too bad. It is almost completely immobile when the wheels are locked and not too unstable because of a top heavy piece of equipment. One down side that I didn’t really think through is that the base raised the drill press a good 5 to 6 inches. The new height isn’t too much of a problem, but it does need to be dealt with on occasion.

    Good luck

    Greg
    Last edited by Greg Doyle-Wandell; 11-09-2007 at 03:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Taylor View Post
    Which one did you get Greg?

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    The gray and black one. With the red switch on the front.
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    Hi Don,

    Here is the one that I built. For the base I used two layers of 3/4" plywood and four double locking casters. Quick and easy to build and is very stable, not to mention inexpensive. It moves easily with one hand.
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    Last edited by Allen Bookout; 11-09-2007 at 03:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    The gray and black one. With the red switch on the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
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    Don,

    I believe it's the "mini". I assembled it with the wheels on the sides, not the front/back that is normal, for more stability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Doyle-Wandell View Post
    One down side that I didnít really think through is that the base raised the drill press a good 5 to 6 inches. The new height isnít too much of a problem, but it does need to be dealt with on occasion.Greg
    I like it Greg! However, this is a major problem for me. I am 5' 3" tall!!!


    DT

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