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I recently found myself needing a new set of leveling feet for a table saw that I am restoring, and was surprised to find that this wasn't something I could source locally.  I hopped on the internet and searched for them, only to find that what's available simply costs more than I think it should.  I thought to myself, "This is just a handful of bolts and rubber pads, why should these cost 15-30 bucks?"  

Then it dawned on me: why don't I just buy a handful of bolts and rubber pads?  

What I came up with was a cheap, easy work-around that appeals to my cheapskate/impatient sensibilities.  


Step 1: What you'll need

Picture of What you'll need
Here's what we'll need to make this work.

4 - 3/8" x 2.5" carriage bolts (the length and diameter may vary to suit your needs)
8 - 3/8" hex nuts (ditto about suiting your needs)
8 appropriately sized washers
4 rubber anti-skid cups (usually available near the casters in most big box stores)
A hot glue gun a few sticks of glue
A roll of painters tape
 
Mapper555 months ago

Sears wanted $30 for a set of replacement feet. I made these for $6 (I had the hot melt glue and gun already). I didn't use the painter's tape. After initially gluing the carriage bolt to the cup using a drill press, I just filled the cup with hot melt glue. The hot melt glue is not as thick on mine so I'll have to see how it holds up, but it seems to be plenty strong. Thanks for this very helpful 'instructable'.

clazman6 months ago

Very nice!

Really appreciate your idea of using the drill press to insure perpendicularity.

Depending on how long the joining process (epoxy), I would have probably made 4 glue fixture(s) from a piece of 2 X 4, still using the drill press to create it. Yours is quicker, though, for one at a time.

Again, love it!

cornflake_81 (author)  clazman6 months ago
Glad you found it useful! Thanks!
rewaters49.8 months ago

12/26/2014: I just made some of these tonight and will install them on my table saw tomorrow. How have yours held up after a year? Are you still using them? Have you made more using some other adhesive? I'm wondering if the bolts stay in the plastic feet. Thanks and Happy New Year!

cornflake_81 (author)  rewaters49.8 months ago
They've held up incredibly well. Pretty much every item with legs in my shop has these now, and not a single one has failed. I've only used the hot glue...it's worked well enough that I haven't felt the need to experiment with anything else.

Thanks for your response. I'm glad to hear yours have held up well. I installed mine today and they seem quite strong - even with a fairly heavy saw tilted up on only two of the feet while I put on the other two. Mine didn't turn out nearly as neat as yours, but as long as they work well and fit my budget, I'm happy. Thanks again for your instructable.

dgoodier2 years ago
Thanks for the idea. I wish I saw this a couple months ago. If the hot glue doesn't hold up, I'd skip the epoxy and go for tube of flexible construction adhesive like PL or Liquid Nails
cornflake_81 (author)  dgoodier2 years ago
I hadn't thought of that....I just happen to have a tube of that in the shop. I'll keep that in mind, thanks!
nick23342 years ago
I will definitely be using these on future projects. I was thinking to using silicone sealant instead of glue gun for better vibration dampening but I don't know if it will stick well enough.
cornflake_81 (author)  nick23342 years ago
Honestly, the vibration dampening of hot glue vs epoxy vs silicone is probably negligible. I'd just go with whatever sticks the best, personally. Let me know how it turns out.
ediendan2 years ago
Genius!!!
cornflake_81 (author)  ediendan2 years ago
That might be overstating it a tad, but thanks all the same!
shazni2 years ago
Super idea!
cornflake_81 (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thanks!
good job
cornflake_81 (author)  benderbrasil2 years ago
Thank you.