Homemade Mobile Base

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Project by TimWood posted 06-14-2012 03:06 PM 10037 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased a Grizzly TS and using a 2 car garage as a shop, I need things mobile and the 1023RLWX is a heavy somebody. Mobile bases I saw on line looked a little expensive relative to the metal sitting in my rack and the wire welder in the corner. Its 1/4”-2×3 angle iron with 3/4 ply in the bottom with 3” wheels on outriggers. It easily rolls over any giblets in the floor. After I put the saw in it, I realized the Grizzly fence system rails actually support the RH cast iron table. Using an Incra fence system instead of the Grizzly, I mounted the black supporting legs directly to the cast iron table and to keep them in place and plumb, I made the red bracket. The ends of the legs had adjustment screws with pads on the ends, but I replaced them with adjustable wheels. It works sweet and my cabinet saw is very stable and very mobile. The zero clearance insert is a piece of 3/4 maple with 1/4-20 set screws for leveling. I drilled a 3/16 hole in the hard maple and tapped it with a 1/4-20 tap…works like a charm. Little Tung oil and wax and it’s good to go. Thanks for looking!

-- Tim Harrelson

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 03:12 PM

Wow. I have a Harbor Freight mig flux core welder. I should give this a shot, it looks really good!

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 03:30 PM

Very nice work. Your welds are very clean and the attention to detail shows.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 05:22 PM

Nicely done sir! I’d take that over anything I’ve seen online.

-- Fergie in CO

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#4 posted 06-14-2012 11:21 PM

If my welds looked that good I would have made my own also. Great looking base.

-- John

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 12:28 AM

Looks better than anything available on the market. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 12:34 AM

Very nice work. Impressive.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 01:40 AM

Very nicely done! It’s amazing what a nice paint job will do for a metal project! Great work!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#8 posted 06-15-2012 03:37 AM

Looks great. I also have a TS-LS, and it really calls for a sturdy movable base, to be able to use it for wide cuts when necessary, but not take over the space the rest of the time. Looks like yours is a winner.

-- Barry,

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#9 posted 06-15-2012 03:55 AM

Well done, not your first metel working experiance is it ?

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#10 posted 06-15-2012 04:31 AM

That is better than you can buy

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#11 posted 06-16-2012 11:45 AM

Thanks Friends….I always tell my kids that nothing in life is wasted. Well, to make ends meet in the past, I’ve done some metal working so it is coming in handy here. John, I tell people if you can squirt a line of caulk, you can weld. One thing that’s different from wood is if you mess it up, grind it off and weld it again! Thanks for the comments and encouragement from everyone.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#12 posted 04-10-2013 01:51 PM

Nice base! I just finished mine for my new saw and wanted to see if it was allowed to post metal working projects and came across yours. Great job!

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#13 posted 04-25-2013 10:39 AM

My base of course is for the table saw and it does have a little wood in it. I was proud of how well it turned out and how well it functions so I said, heck I’m not sure where “the line” is – metal and wood so I’d post it and let them pull it if it’s not appropriate. The screw down locks were not really needed. The weight of the cabinet saw holds everything in place, even when I lean against the saw. They are there though if I need them. The thing I do like about the design is the larger than needed castors – it rolls so much more easily even over a ‘giblet’ in the floor. The other thing is the outrigger design. It gives a lot more stability. I have a Jet 18” band saw and will probably make the same type base for it too. Thanks for looking!

-- Tim Harrelson

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