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Posted on Homemade welded mobile base - anyone?

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 12:32 PM

I have a 22’x24’ shop. I have one fixed bench of 36” x 8’ with the compressor underneath. There is a drawer 12” x 36” x 6’ that rolls on the floor that houses most all the power hand tools. I have a shelf around two sides that leaves just enough space between the ceiling and shelf for plastic totes. I have a Bridgeport mill, a chucker lathe and a sag 14 lathe for metal work that dont move along with a 12×42 wood lathe and a 24×84 wood lathe. the rest of the tools in the shop, are in work cells that move on wheels. cell one is the welder cart: Mig, Tig, Plasma cutter, and Oxyacetylene. which gets stored in the garage proper for the most part but gets used in the shop space during a build. Cell two is the drill press and band saw back to back and a shaper on the out-feed side of the band saw. Cell three is the table saw, router table, flip up planer and an “appliance lift” for the sander. with the planer inverted and the outfeed section it also provides a large work surface. I have a wing assembly table that is 48” x 16 feet that is KD so I can store the parts hanging on the wall. The “anchor” end of the wing table is a 48”x 32 bench with a 36” roll, shear, brake. and the tower attachments for rigging the biplane wings. With the cells against the wall I can still walk around the table and work on a set of wings. the bed frames will master the weight if done well the welds can become the weak point because the bed frames I believe have a higher carbon content and will em-brittle in the HAZ. (they are more like spring steel than plain hot or cold rolled steel) I would sling it low and use dog style clamps for the feet instead of lift out of the way casters or locking casters.

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