Choosing and Using Casters
What casters work best in which workshop applications, and how to build two versatile rolling bases
Synopsis: Whether they are used to hold stationary power tools, store lumber, or serve as a work table, rolling platforms and cabinets help to free up shop space and let you configure your shop differently for different jobs. But when it comes to choosing the right casters for these platforms and mounting them correctly, it helps to have a little advice. Fine Woodworking shop manager John White gives expert tips on choosing the right type of wheel, which applications benefit from fixed, swivel, and braking casters, and what size casters work best for different jobs. He also provides plans for a torsion-box platform base that can be used to support furniture, assembly tables, tool carts, floor-standing machines, clamp racks, and sheet-good racks; and a cabinet-style base that will provide storage and support for bench-mounted tools such as thickness planers, drill presses, and miter saws.
From Fine Woodworking #190
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