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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 06-05-2017 05:16 AM 889 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2017 05:16 AM

I built this miter saw stand

And it works great. A key feature is that it stays solidly in place when positioned but can be moved by lifting the front so that the legs are up and the rear casters engage.

I liked this well enough that I made a smaller version with no wings. Same story – fixed legs in front and non locking casters in back. Smaller case though.

This time the project does not stay put when the front is down. It slides with not much effort. I thought it might be a weight issue but the problem remains even with heavy items on board. I put some mprubber mesh shelf liner under the legs and that helps prevent side to side movement but I can still push it back easily.

Any ideas as to what might be wrong and how I might fix?

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 05:33 AM

If all else is the same except for the wings then it has to be weight.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 07:41 AM

You mention a reduction in case size as well as no wings, right? The reduction, did it shorten the span between casters and legs in front? If so that can be the problem, my guess anyway, when it is shortened you have a serious loss of weight on the legs from the leverage issue. A small amount of length shorter could do it i think.

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 01:13 PM

Yes it is shorter from leg to wheel – about a third shorter so that makes sense. Any ideas for a quick fix short of lopping off the legs in favor of locking casters?

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#4 posted 06-05-2017 02:50 PM

Add weight to the front legs? Maybe toss some steel weighs on the inside or to the underside of the front of the cart.

Also, you could add rubber stoppers to the bottom of the front legs for grip. Just cut off the height of the stoppers from the front legs so that it remains level.

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 02:52 PM

Yeah, I tried putting a whole bucket of black pipe parts (destined for my lumber rack) in the as yet drawer-less cabinet and also put the machine on top. No dice.

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