Rolling base for a drill press

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Project by DonH posted 11-12-2010 12:09 AM 11906 views 30 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had recently purchased a new Delta 18 inch drill press but decided to keep my older 17 inch model as a couple of years ago I had made a thickness sander attachment for it. However, I only keep one band saw and a drill press permanently installed in my shop. The other machines are all on mobile bases and I roll them from the “annex” to the main shop as needed.

This drill press had a rather small base for its height and weight so I needed to improve the stance as I added the mobile capability. Everything but the wheels came from my cut-off bins and include Baltic Birch and Ash – all glued and screwed layer by layer. The machine rolls smoothly and is much steadier on its feet. Now I have a readily available and all set up 9 inch thickness sander with excellent dust collection available to roll in to the shop.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 12:16 AM

I need something like this for my drill press but I don;t think I can lift my drill press onto the base. might have to get a winch and hoist it up a few inches. Thanks for posting.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 12:23 AM

Hi Bearpie

I disassembled the drill press and reassembled it on the base – I still needed help to put the top unit back on.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 03:40 AM

What timing! Have just today been searching for mobile base ideas for my bandsaw.
Your design is just what I was looking for and will be only slightly modified and put to use soon.

Thanks for sharing.

Chuck near Nashville

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 05:08 AM

Looks great. I too was look for an idea for a mobile base for my band saw. Just today I mounted it to a stand but now I need to make it mobile. Thanks for the post.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 05:49 AM

Nice Job. I need to get a mobile base under my DP soon. That’s the only tool in my shop that isn’t on wheels.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 11:39 AM

Very nice! Looks solid, should help move that nice tool around. Great looking shop love all the clamps!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 11:47 AM

Great unit, centre of gravity lowered is great.
I use stepped wedges or chocks to keep mine in place.
How do you lock yours?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 01:16 PM

Great way to ease the wheel rise.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 02:00 PM

Nice project for the shop.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 03:28 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments.

Hi alba – I have four castering wheels two of which have built in locks.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 04:31 PM

It’s great.

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 04:39 PM

much needed base. thanks for the reminder, yours is the best one I’ve seen so far (and I’ve been looking for a while)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 11-12-2010 05:57 PM

Hi gul and Purplev – thanks

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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Paul Pomerleau

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 03:11 PM

Perfect… This is exactly what I need.
I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve already gone ahead and built one like yours for my drill press.
I tried the steel frame with retractable wheels from an east-end tool supplier but found it was not very good.
I had to learn Sketchup to design it and it came together perfectly.
Thanks again – This site is amazing.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#15 posted 01-12-2011 03:31 PM

Hi paul

Glad to be of help – why not post your sketch up and pix of your base?

By the way, I have a later post with a towing arrangement for the base that stabilizes it considerably when moving.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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