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02-16-2020 03:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mobile stand mitterrand saw stand drill press stand

Hi everyone,
A very first post here and in addition to introducing myself wanted to ask for advice.

I am looking to build couple of movable stands for the garage shop I amd setting up and wondering how to attach casters. I would prefer to build a cabinet style stands instead of using 2×4 but not sure if attaching casters on the bottom plywood of the cabinet would be sufficient and strong enough for a drill press or miter saw or I should possibly use another square of plywood to hold the caster and then attach this to the cabinet.

I am trying to build something similar to:



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#1 posted 02-16-2020 05:17 PM

If you are going to attach casters to wood, do NOT screw them to the board or plywood. Instead thru bolt them with large washers on both sides.

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#2 posted 02-16-2020 05:36 PM

It would be plywood and drilling wholes to use bolts should not be an issue.

Should I put another piece of plywood (I.e. 3×3 inch) on each corner where I am to have caster to make it stronger or it makes no difference?
Thanks again.

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#3 posted 02-16-2020 06:00 PM

I think if the sides of your cabinet are set in like Angela’s project, and you mount the casters similarly to hers, you will be fine.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#4 posted 02-16-2020 06:52 PM

I put casters on most of my shop equipment. I ended up taking the ones off the side I normally work from and replacing them with rubber feet and mounted two swing out arms (loosely bolted pipes, 1 on each side). Now when I want to move them I grab the arms and lift the feet up to move them, but when I set them down, I don’t have to lock the casters to keep them at place. I like this setup better than when I had the casters all around.

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#5 posted 02-16-2020 07:10 PM

Hi Zoran Welcome to Ljs
I’ve had everything in my shop on wheels for 30+ years and find no problems just screwing the caster on the bottom of my cabinets most of the time just using drywall screws. They only issue I’ve ever had with caster is when I’ve bought super cheap casters and over time they fall apart, but most of the caster I’ve bought have lasted a long time.


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#6 posted 02-16-2020 08:29 PM

Like a1Jim, I have had stuff on rollers (casters) for many years and have mostly used the ones that have flat mounting plates that are mounted with 4 screws in the corners. The flat plate carries the load and the screws only hold it in place. Most of the time the bottoms of my cabinets (for this purpose) have 3/4” bottoms and, with the casters mounted in the corners, there are no strength issues. The only time I might have concerns would be if I was making a base for something particularly heavy.

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#7 posted 02-16-2020 08:53 PM

Thanks everyone- bring new to wood working I really appreciate your comments.
The casters I ha s are 4 inch and have flat plate so I will simply attach them on corners and go from there!

If I understood properly there is no need to attach caster on another small piece of plywood and it is OK to have to directly either screwed or bolted to the bottom of the cabinet.

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