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Making a Mobile Mitre Saw Stand (Part 2)

The previous weekend I’d finished with the stand having a frame, top and bottom. I’d always planned for this to have wheels to the next step was to put them on. Having learnt my lesson about placement when I totally screwed up the casters on the drill press stand I carefully marked the location so the holes wouldn’t end up trying to share the same space as the frame uprights!

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What I hadn’t learnt yet was that nails into MDF just don’t work. I flipped the stand over and the entire bottom just fell off. A slight detour to drive screws in solve the issue and then I was able to finish adding the wheels. Then I gave the parts that would be visible a coat of linseed oil to seal them. I didn’t do the bottom or back panels but may do those later on if I get time.

I also realised that there was a lot of spare height so added a frame and a shelf giving me somewhere to put cut pieces or my safety gear when not in use.

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The next step was to line up and mount the actual saw to the stand. I set the depth so it can comfortably sit against the wall and used the fence line as a guide for making sure it was straight. I underdrilled the holes to begin with so had to fix that before I could bolt it in place with washers on either side.

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I knew before I added the shelf that my shop vacuum wouldn’t fit unless I took the wheels and the posts they were on from off the bottom so did that using my trusty portable bench and a cutoff wheel in my Dremel.

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Once this was done I put the vac into place and clamped my support stands to the side to see how things would look when it’s completed. The plan is to mount them properly to the sides so they are always there if needed but in a way that I can lift them off for longer cuts.

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I locked the brake on two of the wheels and did some test cuts. It’s nice and stable and exactly the right height for me since I actually remembered to factor in the bottom panel and wheel height.

There’s still a little work left to do but I’m very happy with the result so far.

Building a Drill Press Stand (Part 3)

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What do you get when you combine a Sunday afternoon, a rained out cricket match and a fiance who’s gone to the theater . The answer is shelves in your drill press stand!

I was all set for a lazy afternoon in front of the tv, but when the weather put a stop to the cricket I decided to spend some time in the workshop instead.

I’d watched the aussies struggle to a respectable total then wandered into the workshop to kill some time between innings. I was happy just pottering around so did that for a while, and played with the drill press, then I went to check if it was back on. It wasn’t, so I decided to put the time to good use instead.

I wasn’t in the mood for any fancy joinery this afternoon. The shelves are all butt joints, screws and 90 degree angles, but it’s nice and solid and wasn’t hard to do.

To add the shelves all I did was cut four supports to go between the legs, then cut some spare pine board and nailed it into place. The board itself was the perfect width and had been sitting around for a while because of a slight cup in it but since it’s going to have a fair bit of weight on it I figure it will flatten out in a while.

I’ve used the shelves so store my drill bits and containers of fasteners, and once I get a piece I can use to make a third shelf across the bottom rails I’ll store my larger bits under here too.

I took the time to bolt the drill press down as well, so it’s all nice and solid now. All that’s left is that last shelf, some sanding and a coat of oil and I’m done.