Machines on Wheels
Hinges, handles and casters make tools roll to save space, but stay put when in use
Synopsis: Readers wrote in with suggestions on how to stabilize tools on wheels; this article distills the best of those ideas. They include attaching two lawnmower wheels to the back of a tablesaw; using stabilizing swivel casters; hinged dollies; and low-tech ideas for wedging or propping wheels. Drawings illustrate everyone’s suggestions.
Every woodworker would love to have enough space so that every machine could be set up and ready to go at all times. In reality, most shops don’t provide that luxury. As often as not, woodworking machines have to share a garage with, of all things, a car. And even if the shop space is sacred unto itself, tool collections have a way of outgrowing space the way kids outgrow clothes. For many woodworkers, the only solution is to move a machine into whatever open space is available when they need to use it and then stow it…