Mill-Drill Stand

I am considering the purchase of a Rong Fu RF-45 mill drill and due to shop
space constraints I would like to make a stand for it that is on wheels. So,
I would like to know if anybody has made a movable stand for a mill drill
and if so could you share any details or ideas?
...Mike
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Mike DeAngelis
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I bought one with a stout base of steel tube. it works pretty well. I can take pictures if you'd like.
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bridger
If you can cut, fit and weld mild steel, a machine stand is easy. I like to make the legs out of 2x2x¼" or 2x2½x¼" angle, and I like ½" plate steel for the top. I like to cut/drill plates to match the caster plates, and weld them on and paint (or get galvanized) the whole stand, then bolt on the casters. If you like you can put drawers in. If you do put drawers in, make them very sturdy, and make them deeper (top to bottom) than you'd think. I made a lathe stand this exact way and it is very rigid and stout. Plans are at
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in the dreaded PDF format. I also made a surface plate stand which was similar, see the pic:
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(this is my old shop).
It isn't completely trivial to fit everything so it's nice and square after welding, but it is easy to build a very rigid and stout stand you can feel real good about for as long as you own it.
Grant Erwin Kirkland, Washington
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Grant Erwin
A good place for drawers btw...is the ball bearing roller glide drawers from phone company service shells. One occasionally sees these in junk yards etc. The drawers themselves are usually a very heavy cyrolac or similar plastic and have internal deviders that are easily moved around, and can be very deep and wide.. various sizes. They are usually simply bolted into tubing/wire frames. They also work very well under workbenches etc.
I drove surplus phone company service trucks for many years and when they were scrapped out at the end of their life span, I saved the drawers and bins. I gave most of them away or used them over the years (damnit..before I got into machining) and folks made lots of rolling carts etc stacked with thesed drawers.
Keep your eyes peeled when you go by a wrecking yard.
Gunner
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Gunner
See:
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table.txt and the associated jpgs. JR Dweller in the cellar
Mike DeAngelis wrote:
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JR North
If you decide to buy the Rong Fu stand, you can easily add a mobile base. Search for G7315 at
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On Wed, 23 Jun 2004 17:15:13 -0700, JR North calmly ranted:
WELL done, JR, both in planning and execution.
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Larry Jaques
The rails used to mount servers can normally be puchased / begged from companies upgrading there servers. I have sold them on ebay in the past and normally get about $5 - $10 a pair. They are normally rated to about 100lb but you do sometimes get 200lb ones. They have a nice action and are of the highest quality I have found.
Stuart Pearson
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Stuart Pearson
Thanks for all the tips and pointers for the stand. I had already looked in the dropbox, but I had been looking for something with mill in the description so I missed the table. Thanks again. ...Mike
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Mike DeAngelis
After looking at the pictures and reading the text -- I'm impressed. You are definitely a craftsman. Thanks. ...Mike
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Mike DeAngelis

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