Mobile Workbench

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Project by nightdiver5 posted 05-05-2013 08:12 PM 4704 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished my new work bench. Because of space issues I wanted a bench I could roll out onto the middle of the garage floor and then roll out of the way when it’s time to put the car away.
I got the idea for this design when I was at an Industrial Liquidator sale. They had this nice sturdy 24”x60” steel table already on casters and I thought that might make a good base for a mobile workbench. Cost was $60 but I ended up spending a little more to replace the casters with a locking version.

The steel table was too low and even with the thickenss of the wood table top, wouldnt be the height that I wanted. So the first I thing I did was build a frame out of plain old 2×4’s which I sized so the table height would end up just slightly under the height of my table saw, my thinking being that if the bench is portable, why not use it as a side table on the saw when I’m cutting bigger pieces.

After reading a couple of blogs about making workbenches I decided to purchased the hardrock maple table top from Grizzly (1 3/4×30”x72”) rather than make my own, primarily becasue of time constraints. The top from Grizzly was very nice and very flat and the price was reasonable. It had a polymer finish which I ended up sanding off. The only other thing I didnt care for was the edges were slightly rounded but that ended up not being a big deal.

I mounted the table top to the frame and steel table by through drilling the steel table and frame and then using lag bolts and washers to secure the table top.

I purchased some hardrock maple for the sides and vise (1 3/4×6 1/4) cut it to length and after putting some bench dog holes in one long side, I doweled three of the sides onto the top.

I had purchased a veritas twin screw vise and followed their instructions on making the two vise jaws and then mounting them.

Using a plunge router I put a pattern of 3/4” bench dog holes in the top to finish the job. Since I want to use the table for other things, and I dont want small parts falling through the bench dog holes, I purchased some ABS hole plug caps. They seem to work pretty good. They have a slight dome shape but not enough to cause me problems. They fit snugly in the holes and since they are ABS, they dont seem to leave marks in the wood. I just use a paint scraper to remove the caps when I want to use my bench dogs.
Jeff T

-- Jeff, SoCal

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#1 posted 05-05-2013 08:49 PM

That’s a great looking bench. I like how there are so many options for holding work in the bench dogs.

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 10:00 PM

Looks great.

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 11:55 PM

Beautiful job. How are the legs build ?. They look very thin regarding the weight of the bench slab and the job that it has to do ?. Thank you.

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 01:30 AM

nice..good work..

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 03:19 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone.
Johnny, the legs are 1/8” thick x 2” x 2” angle iron. They are very strong. I’m sure they would handle double the weight without any problem.

-- Jeff, SoCal

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 01:29 PM

Looks great and convenient to use. I am sure that this will get plenty of use and can handle the toughest job in the shop. Well done!

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#7 posted 05-10-2013 03:58 PM

Thanks for feedback Fish

-- Jeff, SoCal

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#8 posted 05-18-2013 09:46 PM

All and all its a sweet bench.

I suppose its better to have more dog holes then not enough and the steel stand makes perfect sense albeit the locking castors seem to be a tad too far in, making it uncomfortable to lock and reducing the fulcrum of bench tipping over point so maybe putting the wheels directly centred under the leg would help ?

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#9 posted 05-25-2013 05:27 AM

Thanks for the comments. From what I had read, putting the dog holes every 6” seems to be fairly common. With the addition of the caps they dont really get in the way of anything else I might do. You are correct that the casters are a tad too far inset but I would have had to heavily modify the table if I had tried to change them. The table is actually pretty balanced. I think there is any risk of it tipping over. I tried sitting on the edge and rocking it and it didnt have any effect at all. So I think I’m good to go in that respect.

-- Jeff, SoCal

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