I need to make a real mobile base for my table saw. I don't want this
to be overly long but I think some background is needed.
My 'shop' is a very crowded garage that I share with two cars. And if
I want to stay married, which is the plan, there WILL be two cars in
the garage as much as possible.
That said, I have precious little space, really for my tools. I own a
smaller table saw (Delta 36-600) which doesn't know what it want to be
when it grows up. It has a smaller table like a benchtop but sits on
legs like a contractors saw . It is a belt drive (using a laughably
small belt) which sits under the table, so I can push the whole thing
against the wall--which I need to do. It's not the best saw in the
world; not the worst saw in the world. It is quite noisy but it does
what I need for it to do and I am happy enough with it.
Okay, that said, I currently have it on a crude 3/4" plywood base with
crappy wheels. I knew it was wrong when I made it but I just wanted to
hurry up and get it together. It is starting to become a realpain in
the posterior lately, however, for several reasons. Mostly because the
base simply sucks. Also because of the $#^$*%^!! drain in the middle
of the garage floor. No matter where I position the saw, that
$#^$*%^!! slope kills me. I need to put wedges under one of the wheels
and I know that just ain't no good.
Soooo.....I figure I want to make a new mobile ase but why stop there?
I have precious little room, so why not build a cabinet to replace the
legs? I want to learn how to make cabinets anyway, so here is a good
reason to start learning.
Next, I figure I could finally find a use for those two old trailer
jacks on wheels I have and could connect them to the base. When I
wheel the saw out, I could lower some levelers in the base and flip the
trailer wheels out of the way. That, combined with the cabinet I want
to build, would make for a very heavy, very firm and very stable base.
I feel I will be creating something that makes a lot of things better,
but I am still left with the noise issue. The earmuffs solve the
problem for me but if anybody else in the family is even near the
garage, they, well, let's say they just let me know about
it--especially the silly cat. I think if he is there just one more
time, ALL of his hair will finally fall out.
I am wondering if it would be feasible to lay a piece of indoor-outdoor
carpeting on the top of the cabinet and set the saw on it? Would that
have any noise dampening effect? Or would I just be courting disaster
for some reason? Do you think it would have any effect on vibration?
One would suspect it should work okay but when I start think' like
this, it usually turns out the answer is completely the opposite of
what I think.