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Forum topic by Spikes posted 10-24-2018 02:12 PM 1382 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2018 02:12 PM

Dear all,

I’m finalizing the design of my workbenches, a heavy and narrower 2×4 laminated one and a lighter 4’x8’, and realizing that another problem I’ll have to deal with is a very uneven floor. I’ve seen people tackling this with adjustable feet, however I also wanted to put casters on the benches and I’ve not seen any design accounting for both. Any idea what’s the best practice for that? Should I just forgo the casters on the heavy one and just have them on the larger/lighter one + opposite thing for adjustable feet?



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#1 posted 10-24-2018 03:29 PM

I have wheels on one end of my assembly tables and levelers on all four legs. Turns the table into a wheelbarrow for moving. I found a picture or video on the internet with a very simple design for flip up wheels. It was about 9 years ago, so I have no idea where I found it. But this is a you tube of what I have:

The design allows the wheels to flip up when not in use and lock down to move the table. 2×4 framing and some hinges . The design does require that you be able to lift the wheeled end a little to allow the wheels to drop and lock and you need to lift the other end to move it.

You could do both ends if you need more agility.

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#2 posted 10-24-2018 04:01 PM

Good question Spikes. I am wondering the same. I was thinking of building with heavy duty wheels on one side and the heaviest rubberized adjustable feet I can find on the other. I am as strong as a baby ox, so I should be able to wheel it around as needed.

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#3 posted 10-24-2018 04:05 PM

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#4 posted 10-24-2018 06:26 PM

The type of caster that mathguy1981 is suggesting is they way I would have suggested. Ebay has retractable workbench casters workbench. Depending on your weight, 4 for $55 or $55 each

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#5 posted 10-24-2018 08:35 PM

thanks all, glad to know people are mixing both, I wasn’t sure how to do it otherwise.

@Mathguy1981 & @WoodenDreams , yeah I’ve seen the video and those wheels… nice stuff, don’t have the budget for it. I actually had seen something like @LittleShaver linked and will probably try that first.

And in case it helps somebody in the future, I actually had posted previously about caster system and done quite a bit of research. This was my list/post which included that video/design:

-- Don't worry about making progress, worry about practicing. If you practice you will make progress even if you don't want to.

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#6 posted 10-24-2018 09:20 PM

Here’s another version of the shopmade.

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#7 posted 10-25-2018 02:30 PM

If your bench isn’t too heavy from being loaded down with tools and projects to lift one end, at around 3:20 minutes in this Norm Abrams video, you can see a simple approach that won’t interfere with levelers put into the bottom of the legs I used this approach on my assembly/outfeed table where I used Norm’s leg design for the table. It is very simple to implement as long as the bench isn’t too heavy to lift each end manually.

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