Been awhile since posting as I have been finishing up my house windows rehab for my second story for my 140 year old house.
I’m re purposing one section of my shop bench into a hybrid wood workers ( in my case wood-butcher’s) bench. My plan was to make it mobile as my shop is getting smaller and smaller. Where did these big tools come from? Oh yeah I finally assembled them, and I purchased a used cabinet saw.
The bench is to be mobile as are most of the other shop equipment to facilitate set up for different projects.
The woodworking stores sell a wood bench wheels set to put on the legs, but they aren’t cheap and I was trying to do this without spending any more money. I’d purchased some locking casters (wheel and pivot) that have a stem to bolt onto metal stands. ( Initially for my Delta Scroll saw Rehab) The castors are well made ( 4” and @ 400 pounds load,or less) Figured I’d use star nuts as I did for my rehabbed office chair. Have you tried to find 1/2 inch star nuts? Not at my Farm&Fleet Ace which had a wide assortment, and not on Amazon.
An Ebay seller “Handtrucksandcastors” was really prompt, and professional, with tracking and notification in getting the star nuts to me. I’d use them again.
The bench legs are 2×4’s with a 2×6 brace. The star nuts wouldn’t screw easily onto the threaded shaft of the castor which required some threading. Using my small sledge hammer to anchor the star nuts I was able to get them set and I got the castors screwed in. All good, right?
I’m doing this with legs in the air with bench being built upside down on saw horses. The bench has become heavy due to reinforcements added to the table top for bench dogs. My wife helped to right the bench and took some pictures for my story of my successful bench build.
The castors were too high and too flimsy only having about 3/4 of an inch in the star nut holding the bench which wobbled! Great for hand planing. Right!
Tilted the bench on it’s side and with a few taps removed my great idea.
Going out to the shop to mount the big Jorgenson vise and do some shiming for the legs on my “non mobile” bench.
Comments welcome. :<)
-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher