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Project by SplashMaster posted 08-16-2020 12:37 AM 705 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being very busy in the shop this year I finally had a few days in between projects to build a mobile stand for the band saw. I used scrap pieces of plywood that I had in the shop (which consisted of African Mahogany and Maple), so the only this I needed to buy was the 5” casters. Since the saw is so heavy I used ¾” plywood for the sides, back, top and bottom; adding an extra strip of plywood on the bottom to increase the thickness where the casters are attached. The sides and back are joined with rabbits, screws, and glue. Overall the cart is the same height as the original stand, however I did make it about 6” deeper manly to spread out the foot print since the saw is so tall and heavy. The drawers are made from more scraps and I used a few full extension drawer slides that I had removed from an old desk that was being thrown away. Lastly, the face frame is edge banded with a few strips of ¼” Utile and I found a pair of filing cabinet label handles for the draw pulls.

Having the ability to quickly and easily move machines around the shop is essential in a smaller shop space. If anyone is considering adding wheels to their machines always go with the large 5” casters, they make rolling over cracks a lot easier.

Thanks for stopping by,

Matthew Stillwell





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crowie

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#1 posted 08-16-2020 01:34 AM

Very nice stand!
How does it go for being solid stable platform when you’re cutting heavier timber?

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-16-2020 01:49 AM

Nice stand for your bandsaw. I see the casters have brakes to keep it in place!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Eeyore

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#3 posted 08-16-2020 02:05 AM

Good tip about using the larger casters, I have my saw on a rolling frame that uses 2” casters. When we moved to the new house, I assembled the saw out in the driveway before realizing there was a 1” lip on the edge of the garage. Larger casters would have made a big difference. It think it took me a good 15 minutes to get that damn saw up a 1” lip.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#4 posted 08-16-2020 03:01 AM

I also found out the hard way that bigger casters are a lot better. Good looking cart. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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SplashMaster

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#5 posted 08-16-2020 12:49 PM

Thank you everyone for all the nice comments!
And it turned out to be just as stable as it was on the metal stand, witch probably has a lot to do with making it deeper than the metal stand. I think it will not have any problem holding up a nice big bowl blank! Now to find one to test it with…


Very nice stand!
How does it go for being solid stable platform when you’re cutting heavier timber?

- crowie


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#6 posted 08-16-2020 03:46 PM

Very nice. I’m planning a similar base replacement for mine. How did you attach it to your base? Also, why did you offset the saw on the base instead of centering it?

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SplashMaster

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#7 posted 08-16-2020 09:09 PM

Thank you,
It has 4 bolt holes in the saws base that were for mounting it on the original stand, so I just used the same holes with large lag screws. As for off setting it I have two reasons. First is that it gives me plenty of room when standing at the saw and second is that the most of the weight of the saw in in the motor witch is on the backside. So in theory I have the bulk of the weight centered on the stand, but honestly it probably would have been fine centered up. That was just my thought process for it. Good luck with your saw base! Shop built stands are always so much more versatile than what generally comes with a machine.


Very nice. I’m planning a similar base replacement for mine. How did you attach it to your base? Also, why did you offset the saw on the base instead of centering it?

- AM420


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