Drill Press Mobil base

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-12-2013 08:31 PM 54107 views 89 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first phase of a three phase upgrade to my drill press. The plans for all three phases can be found in ShopNotes Magazine vol. 22 Issue 128.

I went to a thrift store a bought a set of roller blades for $5.00. I took the 8 wheels and trashed the rest. I mounted the wheels with 5/16” x 2 1/4” hex head bolts drilled and taped into the frame. I made my own knobs and stops as you can see in photo #3. Those are water hose washers super glued to the bottom of the stops. I cut four pieces of 5/16” x 4 1/2” long all thread and super glued them to the knobs and the stops. About a turn and a half of the knobs is all it takes to steady the base and keep the stand from rolling.

Next is the storage unit and then the table.

Thanks for looking. Your comments are always welcome.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 08:40 PM

Sometimes I wonder if you ever sit down! If I a drill press like this instead of a bench model I would do this build.
Nice work you are one amazing buddy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 08:44 PM

Oh thats a sweet mobile base…great build.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 08:47 PM

Great idea and great construction! You hit another home run.

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

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 08:49 PM

Useful and attractive piece of work L2L. Good job.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 09:26 PM

Good build and idea. I am reminded of of an old tv announcers line from wrestling, “Let the good times roll”.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 09:26 PM

That is a terrific idea and what a great use of the roller blade wheels. Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 09:53 PM

That’s really cool!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 10:17 PM

Thanks guys for all your kind words. I have been trying to organize my shop forever but I seem to get side tracked easily :). At least for today I got back on track with this base.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 11:17 PM

Thanks for the info on the on the wheels and the stops. The roller blades wheels will probably roll better than the ones in the plans. Can’t wait till the next phase.

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 12:01 AM

Been there, done that, don’t recommend it. The problem is that floor standing drill presses are very top heavy. They tend to want to fall to the right or left sides, or worse yet is backwards, the wheels will slip the base right out from under it in a hurry. I encourage you to think before putting a mobile base under a floor standing drill press, or any other machine that is top heavy. It’s not a safe thing to do.

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 12:12 AM

SawSucker, I haven’t had any of the problems you mentioned with this base. If you will notice the wheels are fore,aft, and outside of the drill press base so they can’t act like a teeter totter.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 03-13-2013 12:25 AM

Lee, it’s hard to believe that you haven’t had a problem yet. Your motor overhangs past the back of the mobile base rear wheels. Trust me it wouldn’t take much for the press to fall over backwards, and the base to slip out from under it. If you want to make it more stable relocate the rear wheels past the back of the motor and make the base wider right to left, then bolt the drill press base to the mobile base. Something really heavy down low ontop of the drill press base would probably also help. But even after all that I’d still be careful when moving it.

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#14 posted 03-13-2013 12:34 AM

Awesome! A lot, lot of possible uses for this. Thanks for posting

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 03-13-2013 12:42 AM

This is on my project list. Great idea with the roller blade wheels, I actually took some off my old pair to reuse for something or at least use the bearings. Now I know what to use em for. I saw this in shop notes the other day and loved the concept. I am not as worried about the tipping as Sawsucker is, especially since I have the table added to the front which counters the motor weight well for me (used half inch pipe to extend the handle that raises and lowers the table). My recollection is the plans include a table top/fence as well. I certainly would not want to be zipping the sucker around willy nilly, but carefully moving it from one area to another is perfectly fine in my opinion, based on my experience. I was also going to modify it to dock securely with the storage area using either window locks or some other means, so I could move the whole unit at once. I would certainly not have one of my kids moving it around. They could make a weeble wobble fall over.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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