Drill Press Mobile Base

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Project by bigJohninvegas posted 01-09-2015 06:20 AM 6961 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is my new mobile base for my really old craftsman drill press
I must thank DonH, and Dakotawood for this design.
It is made out of scrap 2X4, plywood, and casters off a harbor freight furniture dolly.
I first saw Dakotawoods version, I liked the mortise storage idea, and he cited DonH for the original design.
Her is a link to that original that I based mine off of.
He has good photos and instructions on the build.
I covered the base with some 1/2” ply, and added the wood runners to make for a tight fit.
Keeps the top heavy drill press from tipping out of the base, and also makes a nice place to store my
delta mortise machine.
This drill press has a rather large base on it without the added mobile base. Now, the back side of the base has a shelf that is 9” deep. I think I’m going to add some storage for all my bits and accessories.
Thanks For looking,

-- John

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 02:11 PM

Nice work. Looks like it is extremely sturdy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 06:41 PM

The mobile base looks great. Good idea for casters.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 07:45 PM

Looks like a good base for your drill press.

I recently posted my drill press mobile base and it seems to be working for me too.

Thanks for sharing your solution for stabilizing your drill press.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 11:49 PM

Tyvek, thats a good base you have there. I had looked at your design as well, and went the direction I did because of how the casters are tucked in. My big feet, I’ll walk by your drill press a trip over the wheels every time. lol I like the storage you added too.
The harbor freight casters have no wheel locks, and I was worried that the drill press would move around. So far though its ok. The casters roll well enough when I want to move the machine, however they do feel a bit clunky.
I think that may help to keep it in one place. We will see if the hold up over time.

-- John

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 03:39 AM


I know what you mean about the wheels being tucked in. That’s why I have my front wheels to the side so I wouldn’t trip on them and the back ones go out the back. It just gives it a bigger footprint and more stability.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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