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Posted on Looking for base design for mini pallet jack and cabinet saws

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 05:03 PM

Pallets are taller than you need. You don’t need much more
than 3” tall feet and a 3/4” piece of ply underneath machines
in the under 500lb. class. I use scrap 2×6 short pieces
sometimes. I also try to shape the base a little to make
it fit the machine aesthetically… I might add a little extra
for a storage rack of some kind under the wing of
a unisaw for example.

For my heavier machines on wood bases I fill in everything
underneath the plywood except where the forks will go.
This prevents sagging. I don’t think a torsion box is
necessary but it might look cool. Banding and/or painting
the ply and flushing the feet or insetting them equally
could add a more crafty quality to the base. I do care
about such things but I often don’t bother because I
just want to get the job done.

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