Uneven floor adjusting bench

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Project by Jetlag posted 03-01-2014 04:28 AM 5050 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first workbench. It’s made of maple, birch and mahogany . By all accounts, it’s a typical woodworking bench with one exception: it has a pivoting trestle foot at one end. The purpose of the trestle foot was to deal with a very uneven garage floor. The top is dead flat and over time it would warp if the frame was fixed. The axel assembly is a 1 1/4 dia. alluminimum. pipe with 1/4” thick walls sliding through two automotive wheel bearings with a 7/8” bolt tying it all together. The self adjusting bessey clamps render that end of the bench stable when I have weight on the top. In the event that I move the bench to a low or high spot in the floor I simply unlock the clamps and lock them again and the foot automatically adjusts to the floor. I usually leave the locks unlocked when working with lightweight items, but I can load it down pretty good over the fixed end. Bessey informed me that it takes 750lbs. of pressure to blow open one of the clamps and that it would have to be right on top of it. I’ve had much more than that on top without any issues.The bench is very stable with it unlocked and the pivoting foot just follows the contour of the floor. The foot’s design allows for a 1/2” of “tip over” distance before the frame bangs into the foot preventing the bench from completely tipping over. That’s my version of an anti-tipping feature. This bench is the third thing I’ve done with the pivot foot. My wife’s lathe cabinet and my table saw also have this mod. It works great! This is my solution to the infamous whacked-out floor problem so many of us have to contend with. This bench is one year old and it’s still dead flat. I’m open to any feedback (pro and con) because I’m still learning. Gotta remain teachable yea? If anyone is interested, I can post pics of the lathe cabinet and ts. Their configuration is a little bit different. Thanks for viewing.

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 04:34 AM

That looks quite ingenious!

Yeah, I see this idea being stolen, err copied!!!

I do however see one problem….
You haven’t built me a bench like this!!! ;^)

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 05:39 AM

Very clever idea

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 07:27 AM

Sweet idea… I should do this to all my machines

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 11:56 AM

Very very nice bench, solid, mobile and practical design…Excellent job.

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 12:44 PM

That is one fantastic creation, great solution to the floor problem. Great work on the table itself too, your ingenuity and craftsmanship shine well on this build.

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 01:05 PM

Genius! I deal with the same same issues on my garage floor, this is a great solution.

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#7 posted 03-01-2014 01:06 PM

Thanks for the post ,great idea and build .

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#8 posted 03-01-2014 01:39 PM

Ingenious! A great solution to an all to common problem. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 03-01-2014 04:10 PM


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#10 posted 03-01-2014 06:44 PM

Great Job !!!!!

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#11 posted 03-01-2014 07:01 PM

Thank you for all your comments. I owe The folks on LJ a huge debt of gratitude for all the inspiration and ideas that I’ve received to take the plunge and give it go. Thank you everyone for posting your projects and take the time to write about them.

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#12 posted 03-02-2014 01:25 AM

What a great solution, looks like you thought this out before you started

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#13 posted 03-03-2014 04:15 AM

Wow. I’m going to need to study this a bit but with auto adjusting clamps?? Magic. Where can you buy automotive wheel bearings?

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#14 posted 03-03-2014 06:20 AM

It’s a Home Run! Gotta try this.

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#15 posted 03-12-2014 07:43 PM

Your last two posts with this ’’pivoting foot’’ idea really has me thinkin’


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