A nearly free leg leveler and machine pad I came up with consists of a
bolt, a slice of scrap plate stock, and then using some cast off truck
tire tread from the highway...
You find truck tire tread thrown off on the side of the road nearly everywhere.
Pull over and grab a nice chunk. Find an area that has similar high tread left,
and cut them up on your bandsaw...
The only downside is sharp edges around the perimeter from the steel belting,
but that can be covered with some liquid rubber handle dip, or reduced inward
with a Dremel and a cutoff disk, to keep the wires from sticking out.
Cut the plate stock and the tire tread to the desired size.
Drill a hole for a big bolt in the center of the plate, and either weld or lock it
to the plate with 2 nuts, a nut and loctite, a nut and a lock washer, and/or epoxy.
Drill a pass hole for the bolt head in the pad (the pad must be thicker than the
bolt head, of course), and rubber cement the pad to the plate, or pop rivet them
together with the pop rivet heads in the tread gaps.
You can make VERY large machine pads and levelers this way, for next to nothing...
- Keith Mc.