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    Fantastic DP base idea

    GREAT IDEA Moveable DP base

    I want to thank all of you who responded to my request for ways to move a DP. Being of questionable sound mind I ignored all of you and came up with this fantastic way to do it. I mounted 14 ball casters to the bottom of a sheet of plywood which was attached to the base of the drill press.

    Attachment 20682

    The footprint of the casters is large. The weight borne by each caster is small. 3/8 carriage bolts at each corner can screw down to touch the floor when the machine is not being moved.

    It worked beautifully for about three feet. Then all of the balls locked up and provided 14 sets of brakes to resist moving the machine...they made grooves in the cement floor. The bottom line is that I spent several hours and some plywood in a study of futility.

    Recommendation: DO NOT DO THIS!!!

    I sincerely hope that all of you have a good hearty laugh from this. Otherwise it was a total waste of my time, materials and (shall I say) talents.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 08-20-2010 at 06:01 AM.
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    I sure hope that thing works better than my idea!

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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    Sorry to see it didn't work out, but on the bright side Jim, you did get lots of practice driving screws.

    Here's the base I have on my drill press. (Mine is the HTC-1000 shown in the bottom right corner.) I originally had it on my jointer:

    http://www.htcproductsinc.com/umb.html#
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    Jim,

    Well, you can use those rollers for an outfeed table...

    I've got mine on a piece of plywood too. With four of these guys under it:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95356

    Work like the proverbial dream...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Jim - keep in mind that I am one of those 6' godzillas you see walking around, so this might not work for you, but I just made a DP base this weekend.

    Oh, this reminds me, I forget if this is your new DP or not, but if it isn't, General makes a DP that lets you move the head up and down the shaft / stand in addition to the table. This might help in regards to your stature / ergonomics.

    Good luck with your next attempt!

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