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Simple Question: Table Saw Stand

by NeophyteGrant
posted 11-27-2018 08:32 PM

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#1 posted 11-28-2018 02:05 PM

I’d leave off the 3/4” ply unless you need the bottom enclosed for some particular purpose. I don’t see that it’s really gonna add anything structurally. Then I’d just screw the lumber together. I built a similar base a couple of years ago for my jointer using only 2×4s and it’s held up well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 09:02 PM

Thanks Kenny. That makes sense. My thought in including the plywood was that it would get me closer to the ground. One of the machines is a Drill Press, and I had thought to put it closer to the ground since it’s top-heavy. For other machines I don’t know if there is a benefit, though. Does it make it less liable to slide it the center of gravity is lower? (I have double locking, 3” poly casters I’ll use, and I haven’t had a need to have any of my shop casters be very still—the consumer stands all are the ones’ that rest on rubber feet and are lifted up by pedal). I have no clue.

But…my stupid question of the day is what size screws? Does it actually need something like a 1/4 or larger thread?

Congrats on taking down UVa this weekend. We have a kid at our office from UVa. Nice kid, but sort of insufferable. Watching his misery in the wake of that game was schadenfreude. Cruel, I know, but it was entertaining to rib him about UVa’s basketball and football mishaps.

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 10:16 PM

I was at that game. It was miserably cold but I’m glad I toughed it out :-)

I’d use a #12 screw in construction lumber. The wood is soft so the coarser the thread the better. But honestly, you could probably use drywall screws.

The main concern for center of gravity is when you have a top heavy machine like a drill press. I wouldn’t worry with a table saw personally.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 11-28-2018 10:38 PM

This design is less expensive than a $80 or $90 roller base

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