Work bench on casters

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Project by Benjammin611 posted 02-05-2016 01:34 AM 2021 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New guy here (for posting only, I’ve been crawling the site for a half a year now). First off, love the site and all of the fans posting up here, it’s my new fav!

As for the bench, it was my first actual project that I cared to see what I’m capable of with limited tools on hand. I have another bench made of scrap wood they threw in the dump from building houses, and it’s functional, just not pretty!

I sold a dirt bike to seek out a dream of woodworking which I have been wanting to get into for decades, and all my tools and bench are from this $1100 budget LOL! First projects are some end grain cutting boards and then I’ll work on replacing furniture in my house as I go along…

This bench is all pine and a Douglas fir facia board to hide the three tool wells. Sitting on locking casters so I can roll her into the sun to keep down on dust, and I have little room to spare. It has yet to be entirely finished, I still plan on wrapping the facia into the miter well, hinging the tool wells, and adding shelves to the full front of the bench for tools/finishing products and glue bottles etc…
The wood rack was needed once I got a sweet deal on hard woods from a closing cabinet shop and just had to be done as well as a simple clamp rack (not shown, it’s simple). So this is how my first week has gone, what do you think?

I am completely open to any suggestions, and look forward to posting updates as I continue in my journey!

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 02:52 AM

Nice job Ben, I like the compartments on top to hold tools. Just remember, it’s not how good your tools are but how good you are at using what you have.

-- Terry, Grants Pass, OR - It's not how fast you want to go but how much money you've got to get there...

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 04:47 AM

Interesting idea with the tops coming up on hinges. You might find that plywood without support will take on a life of its own and warp an twist.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 05:20 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks and I like the workbench on caster ideas!

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 10:48 AM

Man, that’s a really nice table and I love the lift top for tool storage. Also, that big table top will double as a great work area for assemblies, etc.

I was trying to look closely at the pictures but still can’t tell, are you going to be able to cut 45 degree angles without the saw adjustment bumping the sides? If not, you may need to be able to pull the saw out towards the front of the table to do so.

Love the casters, too…. always great to keep down on the dust inside your house by just moving outside of the house. Great work and Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 02:34 PM

Thanks for your feedback guys!

The plywood DID take a mind of its own (lesson learned). I was thinking of trying this “beech plywood” or using hardwood or maybe even masonite (although it isn’t pretty) due to the pine ply warping by about 1/16th on the corners or the top since they are free moving. This is in just a week it has warped…

As for the saw being able to cut at a 45°, I designed the well it sits in so that it can slide forwards and back for angles, which is why the cut out of the front exists.

I actually have the front notch, and I have created a closure with it that sits in front of the saw so I have more working space when the saw is not pulled forwards. It fits up against the saw to fill in the gaps leaving a flat surface from edge to edge of the front of the bench.

What surface should I replace the plywood with?

Also; I was going to finish it with a water based poly clear gloss, any suggestions around that idea before I give that a go?

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 04:47 PM

That is a cool miter saw bench. The flip up storage is a great feature! If that a dust collection slot built-in behind the saw?

PS welcome to LJ

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 05:04 PM

Yes, the back of the bench has another well which will dual as dust collection and I will do cable management and power receptacles for the miter and planer which is mounted on the bottom.

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#8 posted 02-06-2016 02:57 AM

A redesign would be in order, might take some time but you could make a frame and glue the plywood to the top. This would provide support and keep it from warping. Look closely at the image below. Notice the lid is a frame. On the top is 1/4 ply glued to the frame with Formica glued to that. For your current design this would be a problem as this would be about 1 inch thick where your ply is what? 1/2”? 3/4”?

Don’t get discouraged, this is part of the learning process. Very talented group we have here with alot of experience and ideas. Look through bench and miter saw projects in the search box and study how they are laid out and why, if it is explained. No one way is perfect, I am disabled with my right wrist so some jigs and such I cannot use, others I adapt to work around the problem.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 02-06-2016 04:25 AM

Thanks for the input woodbutcher, I am using 3/4” ply, was just leftover from the bottom and the well bottom so I cut them out to give it a try…

So I was thinking either trying masonite, hard wood, or even the birch plywood I seen at my lumber store. Anyone have experience with that?

Another thing I didn’t mention is that the lids also need some work still because I am using a magnet for a handle that attaches into the lids edge so I don’t have anything in the way, and further conceals it which is a plus.

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#10 posted 02-06-2016 06:47 PM

Yeah I was going to suggest like woodbutcher, maybe you can save it by adding a frame to the underside to give it rgidity.. What lumber store are you talking about? HD and lowes have started carrying “Birch” plywood, which is as far as I can tell normal plywood with birch laminate, the skeptic in me thinks so they can cash in on the baltic birch plywood market by being confused with real BB.

I did not care for the stuff I saw there… haven’t tried it I just ordered some real BB from a local construction lumber yard, and it looks distinctly different. I have used some maple plywood from the big boxes and been pretty happy with it, but the BB with so many plys is supposed to be far more stable. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Heres a picture from HD about their birch plywood:


And here is some BB plywood from some lumber store on the web:

Now I’m going to go build some lumber shelves exactly like yours, great idea, thanks!

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#11 posted 02-06-2016 06:54 PM

I shop at “woodworkers source” and they have birch plywood that is full birch not just a veneer. The good thing is that it has no gauges in it so it can be routed on the edges as well as sanded through full ply layers.

Glad you like the lumber rack! I couldn’t find one that I really liked in my case so I just built one with my scraps from the bench and it came out amazing!

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#12 posted 02-07-2016 01:53 AM

If I was to do a new top I think I would use MDF, I am not usually a fan of MDF but love it around the shop for table tops and jigs, it is stable and durable. I would advise not putting any finish on your bench for the reason that as you work on it and make more projects, the finish of the bench will wear away and rub off onto future finish pieces possibly compromising the ability of the workpiece to absorb glues, stains and lacquers. Welcome to Lj’s! As I am sure you already know it is a great spot for everything woodworking.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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