Mobile Workstation #1: The center of my shop renovation - from the ground up..

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Blog entry by chopnhack posted 03-04-2012 07:07 PM 11114 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The mobile workstation is in my opinion going to be the center of my workshop once its built. An integrated router table, table saw, downdraft table and ample storage in a ~ 5’ x 2’ area on wheels! Certainly not my idea, however, the layout will be done solely by me. I am open to all suggestions though, so please feel free to brainstorm here and let me know what has worked for you, what you would do differently if you had to build one again, etc. All comments and suggestions are welcome.

So far I have begun some preliminary sketches and have settled on a 60” x 25” frame. I was going to build a torsion frame but decided to save time, money and perhaps height by welding up a steel rectangular tube frame. I was able to pickup the necessary steel from the yard for under $40 plus a can of primer and paint at around $11 so I think I did pretty good. Now the search for casters begins…..

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 07:37 PM

I’ve been wanting to make a workstation like that for a few years now. Excited to see what you come up with.

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 07:39 PM

I wish I knew how to weld, there are sooooo many things I would like to make.

Did you hand draw or use SketchUp? It would give people some insight if you were to post an image or two.

Looking forward to see your progress.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 08:35 PM

That is going to be a strong base. I love using my multi-tool stand and have a few ideas for a revamp when I do some tool upgrades.
As to the casters make sure to check out Northern Tool, they have a large supply and are well made. I have a set on my lumber and it moves pretty easy considering the amount of weight that is on it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 08:36 PM

Looks like a good start. To say something about the casters if I may…... I have a lot of shop cabinets. I need to move one out of the way to use another one.

I’ve found that anything under 4” wheels don’t always work well. Yes they roll okay but hit a cord or a small chip of wood and it acts as a wheel chock. 4” or larger seem to bounce over the obstruction pretty good unless it is large. And at that size it will push the obstruction ahead of it instead of letting it act as a chock.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 01:36 AM

Thanks all.

Randy, as soon as I have more of a complete sketchup of the cabs I will post it

Chris – I would love to hear your ideas on what you are thinking of on your revamp and why, please post more! Thanks on the tip for Northern Tool, I was thinking they were of about equal quality to HF and was going to avoid them.

Cman on the Lake – I agree, the plywood cart I just finished uses Home Depot 4” casters and it moves well.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 12:18 PM

In regards to some of my ideas for a revamp. Here is what my basic bench looks like…
I have since added a couple of drawers to it. It holds my drill Press, Sander and Chopsaw.

One thing I need to add is dust collection I am thinking of just incorporating a shopvac into the bottom of the bench and bringing it up through a central hole in the center of the tools. I am not sure just yet as to connections perhaps a 3 way fitting with small blast gates so all tools can be hooked up at the same time.

I am actually looking in the next few months to replace my Ryobi Miter Saw with a sliding miter saw. So that will constitute some redo of the fences. I saw the idea of putting the drill press over the miter saw fence in JL7's blog. and really like this idea. Need to figure out if it will allow me open up a little more space on the bench.

It would be nice if I could incorporate my Scrollsaw onto the bench or I am also contemplating a spindle sander. So would be nice to have a little more space.

I have also thought about building a small cabinet into the end to hold drill bits and and such.

Since I have such a small shop this bench is a real space saver. Look forward to seeing more of your bench.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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