Sawstop Contractor Mobile Base for 36" T-Glide Rails

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Blog entry by Sk1pp3r posted 01-06-2014 03:04 AM 3364 reads 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here it is. I am basing this project on one several other talented individuals have done. They include, but are not limited to, Zzzzdoc, Tedth66, and Spencer. I only have the rough outline right now but plan on cutting wood this week. I have the mobile base on 4” swiveling castors. I matched the drawer base to the same height as the original base minus 4 inches for the casters. I made the base 28×68.5 and recessed the cabinet one inch all around so once the drawer fronts go on it will still give it some detail.

I am using 2×4’s for the bottom and 3/4 inch ply everywhere else. Although I think zzzzdoc talked me into MDF for the drawer fronts.

After thinking about the options, I think I’m going to go with the router table on the right side. I know I’m missing out on the advantages of the incra system if so, but always planned on having to the right given the area I’ll use it in my garage.

I still need to design the router box in my sketchup model but have put it off given the difficulty Ted and Alan mentioned in their build blogs. I’ll probably utilize the same levelers that they did for the bottom.

More to come tomorrow

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 03:31 AM

Looks awesome!

Couple questions: why did you choose 2×4’s for the base? I know Ted and Alan did on their’s but I thought I would just use ¾ ply with a bottom skin. Just wondering what your thinking is on that.

Also, how are planning to attach the 2×4’s to the ¾ ply? Glue, screws, both?

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 03:57 AM

I had some laying around and figured it would be stronger screwing into that vs the side of plywood. I’m planning on glue and screws. Thanks. I can’t wait to get this going as it takes up so much space.
I got a dust collector today too and due to the design I will have to go out of the back instead of the side.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 04:22 AM

Cool beans man! Can’t wait to see it!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 10:14 AM

Looks nice. BTW, after just finishing the drawer fronts on my outfeed table, I much prefer the smooth feel of the MDF fronts vs the plywood, after painting, so I’m still good with that recommendation.

Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 04:23 AM

So made a little progress on the design because it’s way too cold to be in the shop since I don’t have a heater and it’s like 6 degrees. I ran into a little problem as I’m trying to be frugal with my cut list and changed the layup of my plywood under the saw. People with an engineering background, do you think this would work ok or do I need to continue the top and bottom pieces of the box underneath the saw across the whole length to the next box over?

Here is my progress on the router box, and you can see my mock up cut list in the background. haha

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 02:45 AM

Ok, so I finished the base of the mobile base tonight.

I ran into a little problem with the castors I purchased. The first ones looked really nice and matched the table saw in black and red. The second ones are a boring grey but they fit so that’s what is going on. The red and black ones have a single push down stop but when it is not engaged it runs into the 2×4 support on the bottom if the wheels are turned a specific direction. See below:

The grey ones are one and I just put the whole saw on the base of the base tonight so I could move it around. I was surprised at how easy they roll. I know it will probably be harder once the rest of the base is built but I’m still wrestling with the different ideas.

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 01:37 AM

I have to finish another project right now, a walnut dog crate so this is on hold. I did pick up a jessem router lift today so that’s good news. Any suggestions on how far from the front (the side you use the router) the router bit should be? I’ve heard somewhere around 8-10 inches.

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#8 posted 11-20-2014 06:40 PM

Do you have any more photos of the completed project? I am thiniing of doing this to my craftsman tablesaw I bought as my first saw.

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#9 posted 11-22-2014 07:03 PM

I’m unfortunately still working on it as we had a baby and everything was put on hold for a while. I’ll upload what I have completed so far. It is currently functioning, but I still have to make the dust collection for the saw, and the doors and drawers.

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#10 posted 11-11-2017 04:25 PM

Hi Sk1pp3r: I know this is an old thread, but I’m embarking on exactly the same journey with a Delta 10” CS. Any chance you could share your Sketchup model?

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