Shawn Delahunty's jointer mobile baseShawn writes:
Inspired by the lifting-mechanism you devised
for your old table saw,
My biggest concerns were:
(1) Cost - I built the entire thing from scrap and salvaged "stuff" I had.
(2) Stability - I did NOT want this thing tipping over on me! The jointer weighs something like 250 lbs, and could do some serious damage.
(3) Mobility - The base actually lifts the jointer about 7/8-inch in the air, so I can roll it out of my garage and into the driveway. I need the clearance to get across the uneven threshold and my bumpy driveway.
All of the wood used is 2x4 scraps, and the wheels are from some junk
inline skates I bought for $3 at a yard sale. I used 5/16-inch bolts
for the wheel-axles. Everything is held together with carpenter's glue
and wood screws. The casters are attached with 1-1/2 inch lag screws.
I put fixed-wheel casters on the infeed side, and pivot casters on the
outfeed side. This makes the jointer a little harder to maneuver, but
for safety / stability I only wanted the jointer to roll along its