Rolling workbench

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Project by jfouse posted 08-30-2012 02:32 PM 5905 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About three years ago, after using my table saw top as my workspace for awhile, I decided it was time to actually build a workbench. My general design focus was something general purpose, solid, able to take a beating, yet movable. I had my own ideas on general construction (okay, okay, I do tend to over-engineer things) and got the inspiration for the wheel setup from…somewhere online long forgotten. Also, general height spec’d to serve as TS outfeed table when needed.

The first pic is the essentially complete table, though I did tack on a sacrificial layer of masonite on top and some OSB for the bottom shelf. I didn’t get a pic after that because my Horizontal Surface Syndrome kicked in and I haven’t seen the clean top since.

The second pic shows a closeup of the wheels disengaged.

The third, obviously, shows them engaged. I intended to work out some string or lever mechanism to pull the stops down while I’m lifting up the table, but I have a bad tendency to get utility projects such as this to the “good enough for now” point and move on to something else.

The fourth shows the final glue-up of the top, before the legs got involved.

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 02:37 PM

Simple, functional…I like it!

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 06:39 PM

The first one to make a functional rocking workbench wins! :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 07:06 PM

I was just thinking about doing the mobile thing with my bench, got tired of dragging it around the shop. I like your solution, can I steal it for my use? Just kidding, I’m going to use it anyway.
Thanks for showing.

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 07:11 PM

Heh…let me know if you work out a mechanism to more easily engage the stops. I might have to steal it back. ;)

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 12:27 PM

Well done!! Very useful.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 10:02 AM

very good,the older I get the more I think about putting wheels on everything !! I like the bench ! I dont think you have over-engineered it at all. job well done !!

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 11:27 PM

Good ol’ Norm used that wheel system on a worktable (which The Woodwhisperer used as the inspiration for an outfeed table a while back). Norm borrowed the idea from a scenic shop in which the worktables are often moveable.

As a theater guy, I can tell you that system has been in use in theater scenic shops for ages, as well as on stage for moveable set pieces—often referred to as a “wheeljack”. It’s a great system! The only trick is making sure that the castors don’t flip and let their mounting board catch the floor.

-- Richard, The Upside-Down Table Saw --

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