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Just starting

by DanBman
posted 09-14-2018 07:23 PM

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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 08:03 PM

THANK YOU for your dedicated service !!!
and welcome to the trenches.

oh – and stay away from TED’S WOODWORKING PLANS !!
it is a bad site full of malware.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 08:06 PM

I’m no expert, but I’ll chime in…..

It sounds like rolling carts might be the best option for you. I think dedicated stations is the most efficient way to work, but since you likely have a need to be able to move tools or work surfaces to accommodate other operations (e.g. car repair, car parking, floor cleaning/sweeping, arranging machines for long rips or other operations, access to electrical outlets, etc.) I think mobile is the way to go.

I would slightly overbuild the carts, and use a good quality polyurethane caster. Casters that swivel and lock at all four corners are nice for moving/rotating tools in a small space. Like you said—designing the height/width of the carts such that you can use other cart(s) as out-feed/in-feed support for other tools is ideal (e.g. the finished height of the planer cart plus the planer allow you to use the top of the planer as out-feed support for your bandsaw).

I don’t have any plans, but I can post a few pictures of the mobile bases I made for my planer, bandsaw, and jointer if you are interested.

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 08:10 PM

Yes, Thank you for your service!!

I have my planer and miter saw on a flip top cart. If I had to do it over I would probably put the miter-saw on a standard top cart and maybe add my scroll saw to the flipper.

I had my Rigid Sanding center on it once and when I flipped it every thing fell out and some of the washers even went into the base of the machine. Huge mistake!

Search the web. There are a ton of plans out there from the likes of “WOOD Magazine” to “Shop Notes” and even some free plans offered by You Tube Creators.


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#4 posted 09-14-2018 09:32 PM

I don’t use my miter saw much anymore now that I am retired.
but, one of the better designs I made for it was to build the mobile
base cabinet to where the miter saw cut table was flush with the table saw.
just something to consider when you start making mobile stations that can perform multiple tasks.



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#5 posted 09-14-2018 09:51 PM

I have every tool on rolling carts or rolling bases.

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#6 posted 09-15-2018 12:21 AM

Mobile bases are excellent, and if I may offer one suggestion is that if you’re building your own, castor brakes aren’t enough. You need to design a system that bottoms out the base to the floor (or plants feet, via ready rod) so you’re not trying to use a miter saw and the damn thing is moving around on you. Just not safe, is my thinking.
Grizzly sells the Shop Fox mobile bases for $60-80 each, and they’re all metal. Won’t save you money, but would save you time.

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