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Table Saw Wheels – Things You Need to Know

Table Saw Wheels – Things You Need to Know

A table saw is definitely a great tool to have around the home, both as a professional handyman and as someone who just wants to do some work around the home. Of course one of the most important parts of any table saw is the blade, but that is not the only important part.

That being said, have you ever considered a table saw with wheels, or maybe just installing wheels on your current table saw?

Maybe you should because table saw wheels definitely add a certain degree of versatility to this fantastic tool and they can make things a whole lot easier for you. There are a few different things that you need to know about table saw wheels and we are going to tell you all about them.

The Benefits Of Table Saw Wheels

Of course we aren’t recommending that you get wheels for your table saw just for the sleek look of it, but because they can end up being very useful. Now don’t get us wrong, putting wheels on your table saw is not the most advanced innovation in whole world, and building your own portable base isn’t either, but it can definitely help save you a whole lot of trouble.

Mobility

The biggest benefit that comes with adding a base with wheels to your table saw is that it greatly increases the mobility of your saw. Table saws can be pretty big and bulky  and moving it from one space to another in your work place can be pretty difficult. A nice set of wheels can definitely help you move your table saw around with ease without the need to lift it up to move it from one spot to another.

Better Cuts

One problem that many table saws can experience is that of wobbling and instability. A wobbly table saw is going to cause you to make crooked cuts, something that is going to throw a wrench into your wood working plans no doubt. A good homemade base with wheels can add a certain degree of stability to your table saw in order to help you make better cuts.

Some Problems

While adding a portable base to your table saw is a great way to make it more portable, it may cause you some problems. The problem that we are talking about is that of stability, as well as the problem of vibration.

In order for a portable base to help you out more than it causes problems, it needs to be well built. You need to make sure that the base and all of the fasteners, including those that attach the wheels to the base, as well as those which attach the base to the bottom of your table saw, are tight. If any of the fasteners are not tight it can cause your table saw to vibrate excessively, something which you definitely don’t want.

Furthermore, you need to make sure that you have used a level in the construction of your base because if the base and portable frame are not level it will surely cause you more problems than it solves.

Another problem which you may face when it comes to a homemade portable base and wheels on your table saw is that of dirty wheels. Of course when you use a table saw there is going to be a lot of debris and sawdust that fly around in the air, grit which can stop the wheels from turning properly and ultimately defeats the purpose of said portable base.

However an easy solution to this problem is to clean the base and the wheels on a regular basis. On a side note, the wheels may get rusty from moisture, but an easy way to avoid that problem is to use rust proof metals, or just some anti-rusting spray too.

Building Your Own Portable Table Saw Base

There are some good options in terms of portable table saw bases that you can buy, but that is not what we are really here for. Being a handyman means building your own tools and contraptions, so we’re going to show you how you can build your own base with wheels, something which will give you the satisfaction of knowing your built it yourself, plus you can build it just the way you want.

There is also the fact that building your own portable table saw base will help you save a bunch of money too. Follow these simple steps in order to build your own mobile base.

What You Need

There are just a few different things that you will need to build your own portable table saw base. These items include the following.

  • Four 2 by 4 pieces of wood.
  • 2 sets of magnets.
  • Hinges.
  • Wheels.
  • Screws, bolts, and nuts as needed.

How To Build Your Own Portable Table Saw Base

Building your own table saw base is not very difficult, and with these short and simple steps you can build your own in no time at all. The following image is the base which we will be building here.

Table Saw Wheels – Things You Need to Know

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to measure and cut the 2 by 4’s to be just a little bit longer than the length of the space between the legs of your table saw (about 1 inch extra should protrude out from each side past the legs). Do this for all 4 of your 2 by 4’s.

Step 2: Screw, or preferably bolt, 2 of the 2 by 4’s to the bottom of the legs of your table saw stand so that they run along the width of the base. When the portable base is complete, your feet should be perpendicular to the 2 by 4’s when you are using the saw.

Step 3: Attach 4 wheels to the bottom of the 2 by 4’s which you have attached to the base of your table saw. Make sure that the spacing between the wheels is even, that there is one at each end of the boards, and that they are very tightly secured to the wood boards.

Step 4: Attach the second set of 2 by 4’s to the first set which you have already attached to the base. Attach them to each other using the hinges which we talked about earlier. When you do this make sure that the 2 sets of 2 by 4’s form an L shape and are perpendicular to each other. make sure that the hinges face outwards or else you will run into some problems for sure.

This will from the folding base which will allow you to keep the table saw stable, a base which you can fold up to expose the wheels for easy mobility. When you fold these 2 x 2 by 4’s down, they should go down just slightly lower than the wheels in order to form a stable base.

Step 5: Now it is time to attach a set of magnets to the second set of 2 by 4’s, the set which folds up and down to create the stable base. Doing so will allow you to easily keep the folding base in its upward position while moving the table saw because the magnets will keep the base attached to the metal legs of your table saw.

Just in case you don’t like this particular do it yourself portable table saw base with wheels, you can always click on this link or on this link in order to get some other build it yourself ideas.

Conclusion

As you can see, a portable base for your table saw is a really convenient thing to have because it can increase the stability of your saw, plus of course it makes your saw much more mobile as well.

With our simple to follow steps above you can build your own mobile table saw base in just a few minutes and you don’t need to spend too much money on the required items either. You should definitely consider building your own portable base because it will make your life much easier in both the short and long run.

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