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Forum topic by birdman posted 07-14-2020 06:38 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2020 06:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: leg wheels

Hopefully a few others here are as cheap as I am so here goes.

I was given a bag of office chair wheels and I could use them for my current project. But as you probably know, these wheels must be plugged into a receiving piece that holds them tight. So I don’t have a clue how to use these in a wooden leg.

I am running low on duc tape and ideas so anybody ever make this conversion?

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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#1 posted 07-14-2020 07:46 PM

Drill a hole and use caster sockets… plenty of styles to chose from and can be found all over the place, even on Amazon.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 07-14-2020 08:30 PM

First off, do you have a micrometer? Because its really hard to accurately measure a rod without a caliper or micrometer, or possibly a drill gauge.

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#3 posted 07-14-2020 09:41 PM

Hey thanks Brad and SMP.

I was unaware of any such sockets but I will get on it.

SMP — I have a digital dial caliper so I will check the size and post results.

It’s great to be in this community.

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is warming up but it's cool in the shop.

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#4 posted 07-15-2020 05:12 AM

Caster sockets should be available at your local hardware store, Ace, Tru-Value, Menards, Lowes etc.

Or $3.00 for a set of four

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 12:56 PM

I drilled and used the plastic sockets in an old chair, and they keep coming out. Would use the steel ones if possible.

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 03:19 PM

Have used them on wood cabinets by just drilling a hole and jamming the caster pin in it. Works fine. I have a box of miscellaneous caster sets I’ve kept over the years.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 07-16-2020 10:33 AM

Thanks to all – I’m on it !

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is warming up but it's cool in the shop.

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#8 posted 07-16-2020 10:19 PM

If I’m too lazy to reach over two feet and grab the caliper, I drill a test hole in scrap. Heck, I can screw up a caliper reading, so I do a test hole anyway.

By the way, I grab wheels at garage sales and so on because I find need and use for them at every turn. I have about fifteen carts or mobile bases in my shop.

I just gave a friend four iron puppies I got for five bucks and he used them on his 500 pound metal brake, because the original wheels failed. He loves that he can move it around again.

The little chair wheel critters that are to light or small for large carts and heavy tools and things often stay on modified chair bases for things like my lathe knife holder, or a rolling grinder cart with storage under it.

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