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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2011, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hey group I'm almost finished my 6th router table/table saw work station.. It's taken almost 8 months....( I may not be worth a crap but at least I'm slow) I added 4 swivel wheels on each corner..( bottom )..now I find I can not steady it with all four wheels locked...I know I have seen or hallucinated a kind of door stop thingie that's operated with ones good foot and is spring loaded to put the whoa on bench...Does anyone know of such a item or seen one...if so please send me the info before the mother ship revokes visa..

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Hi George,
Apparently we work on the same schedule. I saw a couple of mobile bases from Busy Bee Tools (Canada) that had rubber feet on one end that the stand would sit on once you kicked the rollers up. Items # HTC2000 and 3000. Is that what you had in mind?
Would love to see a picture of your router table/saw station if possible.

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Most mobile bases have fixed feet in the back that are just shy of touching the floor when the front wheels are engaged. Engaging the wheels is a matter of stepping on a cam by each front wheel that levers the wheels down and locks them into position lifting the front of the cabinet. The extra height to the front tilts the cabinet just enough to lift the rear feet clear of the floor allowing the wheel behind them to engage.

This type of base could still be problematic for you if your floor is uneven as the difference in height between the back wheels and the feet is very little and even a small amount of difference in floor height between the wheels could cause one of the feet to drag or if you needed to adjust one of the feet to make the table stable it might not allow for the wheels to engage fully when you need to move it.

What might be better is if you used fixed wheels in the back so they cannot move side to side and put solid feed in the front with one or two cam levered wheels to lift the table when you need to move and drop it down onto the feet when you want it parked.

I am looking for a similar solution but it will be a while before I get around to the project so please let me know if you find something that works for you.
What would be nice is if you could push the feet down to lift up the front of the table and lock it in place wherever it lands with both feet engaged regardless of the amount of throw on each side which would let your table fully engage on all four corners for stability even if it is not perfectly level.
BTW, the idea of the cam levered wheels in the front could just as easily be cam levered feet to lift the table off the wheels. This might work better as you could design your cam with enough throw to clear the wheels by any amount of difference an uneven floor might throw at you.

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Thanx for all the input but still no solution..I know I've seen one but where? I going through all the magazines I have as I believe it's there some where..It should take until the next life tyme, but hell I'm retired what else am I going to do? When I find it I'll let everyone know..I'll post photos of the "work station" soon..thanxs again..

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If there is a Lowes near you, look at the Porter Cable table saw PCB270TS. It has a base like you are asking about and one corner actually adjusts for un-even floor. Maybe you can see how you can make one like it. Just a thought

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George, drill and install Tnut inserts in some hardwood, flip it over and put a fully threaded bolt in it. Make four of these and attach them to your table. You can use a drill with a socket as a power lift... Is that easy enough?

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Have you seen the double locking casters that Woodcraft offers? I would just send the link but I'm a new guy with less than 10 post so it won't let me send an URL. Go to Woodcraft .com and search for Item #141050. Hope this helps.

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I have an old gas grill that I'm going to convert to a chop saw station. One end has wheels and the other end sits on the floor. Just pick up the one end and wheel it into position.
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