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Workshop tip: Add retractable casters to any machine


My store has restricted flooring area, so I put all the pieces I can on casters. I dislike cell bases, nevertheless, as they accumulate an excessive amount of sawdust, elevate the peak of the instruments, and are simply plain unattractive to my eye. So I discovered a manner so as to add retractable casters—bought by Rockler and Powertec—to all of my stationary instruments. I did this by making customized mounting brackets from hardwood, and portray them to match the software they’re mounted to. Every software required totally different mounting blocks, however none required any particular expertise. In every case the blocks are formed to suit the machine stand whereas positioning the caster bracket sq. to the ground. See the drawings for the way this works on quite a lot of software stands and cupboards.

retractable casters on open stand leg

retractable casters on cabinet

—STEVE FIKAR, Shalimar, Fla.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Tremendous Woodworking concern #294

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