For shops large or small, mobility offers convenience, as long as the base is stable and rolls smoothly
Synopsis: Space issues aren’t limited to small workshops; some woodworkers face the challenge of too much space, and how to use it efficiently. Cliff Colley built mobile bases for his machines, and his tips will help both small and large shop users. He evaluated seven dedicated and universal bases to determine ease of assembly, wobble factor, foot locks, and rolling difficulty. He also put them through real-world tests that included uneven floors, and spells out the specifications of all of the bases he checked. See which ones won out.
From Fine Woodworking #167
Most woodworkers I know have small shops where space is at a premium. I’m at the other extreme. I teach woodworking in a huge space; nearly 6,000 sq. ft. Two of our four bandsaws spend a significant amount of time on mobile bases, rolling from one end of the shop to the other. Whether to resaw a…