Take a stand for additional storage space
The metal tool stand that came with my drum sander left a lot of wasted space underneath. And, there were no stretchers at the bottom to support a storage cabinet. With a few pieces of angle iron (or aluminum angle), it's easy to create a sturdy frame. Adding a set of casters to make it mobile is icing on the cake.
Start by cutting the stretchers to fit between the tool-stand legs (inset). Before bolting the stretchers to the tool stand, drill holes through the verticals of the angle iron and stand legs. Offset the holes to allow clearance for the caster stem. Make the connections with bolts and lock nuts. Install the casters by drilling holes through the horizontal legs of the angle iron and secure them with washers and nuts. All that's left to do now is build a storage cabinet to sit on the bottom frame.
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