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Forum topic by weldoman posted 03-17-2013 01:42 PM 1948 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2013 01:42 PM

Been using my jointer on a make-do roll around dolly since I bought it last summer but it sat about 6” higher than it should have, not good for a short- legged guy. Took care of that this week and test drove it yesterday.
Image and video hosting by TinyPicNothin fancy, no foot operated locks, used casters and some scrap metal, rides like a cadillac.Image and video hosting by TinyPicReal stable with the screw locks down. Tried it out yesterday on a coat rack project for my son.Image and video hosting by TinyPicWow it was 80 friday and it snowing now in mid Missouri. Hope you enjoyed the pics.

-- missouri, dave

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#1 posted 03-17-2013 01:45 PM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 01:54 AM

I have used angle iron, square tube, and a combination of those. I like 1/4” wall angle for the casters (as several of the ones above appear to have done). As to whether the bed frame material is sufficient, think through the stresses that the load will place on everything; with the right bracing, it should work out okay. The brackets for the casters/wheels are where the main forces will be concentrated.

Heck, some kits for mobile bases even use wood for the main structural parts (not that I’ve been impressed with any of those I’ve seen).

I like HF’s casters with a rubber tire fused onto a cast iron hub. They are strong, roll quietly, and don’t compress the rubber from the weight sitting at one spot. But I haven’t seen those for a while, so can’t say whether they still have them.

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 02:36 AM

Saw that in the blog.. nice job. Is it the photo or is that front right caster mount bending up? And what size casters did you use?

I’ve got a bunch of 3” casters I plan on using… I got some of those 1000lb mover dollies from HF with a coupon for $9 a piece, which works out to less than $3 a caster, and you get some free wood and carpet as part of the deal :) Last time I was there, they didn’t have the cast iron ones any more unfortunately.


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