Shopmade brakes for a mobile base
I really wanted all my stationary tools on wheels, but I didn’t have enough money to buy commercial mobile bases. So I made a base out of a few 2x4s and scraps of plywood, and created a simple, effective brake that lets you lock the fixed wheels by tightening a single wing nut. The base works so well that I now have seven.
Start by purchasing wheels—two fixed and two swivel. Measure the tool base and add 2 in. to each dimension. This allows a 1-in. overlap for screwing the base to the tool. For a strong frame, I cut lap joints into the 2x4s. Before assembling the base, drill a hole through one end for the brake bolt.
The brake assembly consists of a sliding plywood plate and two plywood brake pads that tighten against the fixed wheels to lock them. I traced the wheels on…