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I purchased two of these universal mobile bases prior to Christmas and assumed that I had some usable hardwood for the rails. Well, what I really have is some glued-up 3/4" hardwood furniture plywood sheets that is a bit thin, 1-7/16 vs 1-9/16. In any event, I'm looking for suggestions on good alternatives for the rail material that won't break the bank.

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I truly think that SYP (Southern Yellow Pine) would work just as well. It is used for floor joists if that says anything about it's strength.
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Talking I ripped a clear 2x4 down to make the rails

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I purchased two of these universal mobile bases prior to Christmas and assumed that I had some usable hardwood for the rails. Well, what I really have is some glued-up 3/4" hardwood furniture plywood sheets that is a bit thin, 1-7/16 vs 1-9/16. In any event, I'm looking for suggestions on good alternatives for the rail material that won't break the bank.

Thanks,

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Hey TTG,
If that's the same type as what Rockler was/is offering and I think it is, I personally think you need only one piece of hardwood.

I ripped a clear 2x4 down to make the rails on one setup to hold my table saw. The only problem is the front that supports the swivel caster. (I also mounted the caster on the inside so I don't kick it. It's painful to do that!) The ripped 2x4 stock tends to twist a bit, not drastically, just a tiny bit but it still holds well. As soon as I am able, I'm going to replace only that part only with a harder wood.

Just a suggestion.

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I have one of the Delta mobile base kits and I've often wonder if I could find some steel tubing at our local steel recycler. Someday I'll try that out 'cause the plywood strips that came with it just don't seem to work very well.
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2" x 2" White Oak and they looked brand new after 7 years, until the fire burned them to a cinder.
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Nick,

White oak would be ideal, but it's a question of finding a source at a low cost.

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Gerry,

The units I have came from Rockler, but were advertsed as the Delta units.

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Hi TTG

Old shipping Pallets they are free most of the time...

I love to use the old pallet wood for old wooden toys, adds just a bit more with the knots and cracks...


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You can often get them free at the local lumber yard, although they may covet the oak pallets. I use them to section off compost bins and whenever we get a puppy I make a pen out of one to sit in the living rm.

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DARN GOOD IDEA, OLD PALLETS!!!!

I forgot about my thoughts on that.
Pieces of them would make excellent rails!

Now all I have to do is explain to the wife why I'm throwing old pallets in the back of my truck and bringing them home! LOL!

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