Has anybody tried assembling Delta's Universal Mobile Base using regular
dimensional lumber ripped to size? I DAGS and couldn't seem to find any
examples--which is probably no accident. I'm running a Delta CS with
cast-iron extension tables. I'm not specifically opposed to using hardwood,
but it doesn't seem necessary with the machine's weight concentrated close
to the wheels. I get the impression that the wood frame serves more of an
alignment function rather than load-bearing.
My experience, and advice based on that experience, is to bite the bullet
and stock cut to the specified dimensions.
I originally tried using ripped 2 X dimensioned stock ( read 1 1/2" on one
face/edge) and it was unsatisfactory. The wooden stock really needs to fit
snuggly into the frame to keep it from racking on you in the future.
I ended up gluing tubafours together, ripping them to the specified
dimension, and got a much better result.
That said, you may even do better using metal if you have access to a
(leftover premilled mahogany balasters FWIW). The frame racks a little when
it's all tightened down, but that's not really an issue. The lift wheel
ends up a bit high - I had to stuff a pc of 1/4" ply and a steel mending
plate under the cam to make them work like a champ.
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