Unfortunately I didn’t get the original post, but here is how I
solved my mill problem.
My rolling mill is not bolted to the floor in any way. It is however
bolted to the wall. It solved two problems, it provided a very stable
environment for my mill and provided the shop with a tough, stable
and useful shelf for other tools. My mill, by the way is a Durston
158mm combination, certainly no lightweight, with a cabinet stand,
though I’ve similarly mounted mills that were on a pedestal stand.
If you look on the first page of the ganoksin bench exchange gallery
you can get an idea of how it looks, though the shelf has so many
tools on it that it looks really short. It’s actually about 6 feet
long. I also ripped the board in half as a 16" wide shelf was just
too wide for my small shop.
Here’s how I did it. Using a 3/4 inch shelf board (mine is 16 in"
wide laminated particle board) that is as long as you can practically
use, put a shelf up at a height that will allow the board to sit on
the rolling mill stand. Anchor the shelf into as many studs in the
wall as you can. Drill holes in the wood where the stand accepts the
mill and bolt the mill back onto the stand. You may need to get
longer bolts than the ones provided by the manufacturer since you
have to go through the shelf now.
I’m not an engineer, but it seems to me that this method of securing
the mill spreads out the energy you put into it over a larger area,
works with the mills high center of gravity instead of against it and
reduces the stress on the base due to the reduction in leverage. If
you drop a small ingot, rather than it falling on the floor it just
drops onto the shelf and is much easier to find.