Wheeled lever mobilizes shop carts
Like many amateur woodworkers, I use my garage as a shop, so tools and machines must be pushed out of the way when not in use. I bought commercial mobile bases for my tablesaw and bandsaw, but other tools sit on carts. To make them mobile, I came up with this inexpensive solution. I put two fixed casters at one end of each cart and wooden feet at the other to keep the cart level. One more fixed caster goes on a mobility lever I built, which slides under each cart and steers it around the shop as needed. The lever hooks onto the cart via a dowel on the base, which fits into a corresponding hole in the underside of the cabinet. To help steer the dowel into the hole, I drew a line on the base of the lever and on each cabinet, marking the hole’s location. The carts steer from the back, like driving a forklift. They are extremely maneuverable yet very stable when I take the lever away.
Craig Luthy, East Moline, IL