I'm torn between building one or just purchasing one for my Ridgid 15" drill
press. Like the idea of building one and want a nice sized footprint so as
to reduce the chance of tipping when moving. On the other hand, if I can
get a ready-made metal stand with nice 3" locking casters for substantially
less than what it will cost me to build . . . well. Am looking at the
stands at Rockler and Woodcraft but unsure what will be best.
After I get the press onto wheels I plan to add a small cabinet on the
Ultimately all my tools need to be on wheels so that I can get the cars in
the garage and constructing cabinets for the bases will be helpful.
You might be interested in this weeks posts to the thread
"CPOworkshop.com Experience", starting from 1/3/11 I believe.
I just posted a picture of a design featuring some clever
features, which I don't take any credit for.
A picture of the design I basically decided on appears on my web site:
I hope it might be helpful to you as you make your decision.
I choose not to use any plywood because I have chemical sensitivities
which make me reluctant to use it. YMMV. Good luck and have fun!
On mine I added the new base on top of the factory base for a better
top surface for a future cabinet. I glued 2 pieces of 3/4 ply together and
cut it about 6" wider and longer than the DP base. I sawed out a hole
to accommodate the post and bolted it on top of the base. The new
base is flush with the front of the old base and hangs out 6" in the rear.
It doesn't stick out any further than the motor and really helps the
tendency of the DP to tip backwards. It also keeps the DP at close
to the original height for us under 6'.
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