Pallet: designed for my cabinet saw and mini pallet jack

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Project by Holbs posted 09-18-2016 02:19 AM 3097 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So built my first prototype pallet for my PM66 cabinet saw that would fit the forks for my new mini pallet jack. I initially wanted fork access from front/back and also access from left/right. Success! Well..50% success. I found out, when coming in from the front, the saw will tip too much to the right since I have 52” rails (#4 picture showing how bad the tilt is). This can be later nullified with legs w/casters on them. For now, coming in from the side lifts everything up straight without any fear of tipping. This works in my current shop because I plan on having both the PM66 and Unisaw side by side instead of head on. I used 3/4” ply, and raised the cabinet saw 3” high to give room for the pallet jack forks. I can now easily move this cabinet saw around when needed (which I seem to do many times).
Why a mini pallet jack instead of mobile base? Because I can build my own pallet bases for pennies with the initial cost of $250 mini pallet jack. The cost of mobile bases for all my machines would be 4x’s that. Plus, I have other uses for a pallet jack around the house. Especially when I goto auctions. After some time, will post up product review of this mini pallet jack.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 04:39 AM

Paint it bright RED and get a Snap-ON Emblem on it.

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 04:53 PM

Nicely made. Mine are rougher. I like the idea of making
the feet out of little boxes.

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 05:00 PM

Yep Loren.. gotta use up some of my plywood laying around. I have 2 different sizes for those little boxes: 4”x4” and 7”x4”. Now that this prototype is out of the way, I found there is no need for the 7”x4”. So, today, going to crank out pallets for my 8” jointer, 15” planer, Unisaw, 14” bandsaw and rockwell lathe. This mini pallet jack was exactly what I wanted in my small shop :) I appreciate the help, Loren.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 05:08 PM

Great idea and easy to do, of course, I would have to level out my shop floor for me to use it, but that gives
me an excuse for a new shop. Thank you for sharing your idea.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 08:53 PM

There is something comically ironic in a time where the current trend is to tear apart old pallets to try and build new things with wood and here was have a woodworker taking new wood to build new pallets. :) Well done! (I did like your reasoning.) Makes sense to me.

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 11:35 PM

Over the weekend, I built pallet bases for my PM66, Unisaw (both with 52” rails), 15” Jet Planer, 8” long bed jointer. Standard pallets sit too high (4”+? while these are 3”) and they are too wide (all my DIY pallets are 24”x24” or smaller). I am undecided on the bandsaw since it’s top heavy so that remains on my Loma Tools mobile base for time being. I maybe also hit up on my Rockwell lathe later on but that will be optional. I really like how it lifts up the machine to 3”-6” height needed (incase hose or something on floor)...and how EASILY they can be moved. I had mobile bases on my jointer and planer which required a good amount of pushing or pulling power to move. But with this pallet jack, it’s …. lighter? Just easier to move around distances. Very happy with this purchase. Especially the price tag since I do not have to buy over priced metal mobile bases for every machine (and future machine) now with the advantage that the machine will be 100% stable when sitting on ground. Plus, I can move my future Roubo bench a little here or there when it comes time :)
oh..forgot the link to where I bought it:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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