Getting my tools ready #17: "Cut it off twice and it was still to short," or look ma I got wheels!

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 12-03-2014 02:37 AM 1548 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Re-purposing a shop bench to a woodworkers bench Part 17 of Getting my tools ready series Part 18: Adding dust collection to my jointer and my planer »

I finally got my Hybrid Woodworkers Bench mobile and ready to go. I found some different castors from Peachtree though their email specials. Told myself “gonna get this puppy runnin around my shop!” As those who follow some of my ramblings know I had put some castors with a stem into the legs of my bench but even though I found star nuts to fit the shafts and re threaded the star nuts, the stem was not long enough and the forces from the bench weight caused it to wobble. a quick tap with the hammer and you can see that it sat on two by fours against the wall.

The second picture is my first cut and mount of the castors. They measured 4 ” non compressed, and I was pretty proud of my accurate hand saw work. Oh yeah forgot to add the 1 1/2 inches which meant a shorter cut.

Actually woke up the following morning and realized what I forgot! So, I looked around at what I had, measured the feet length and width and cut and sanded some more of the leg material. Routed the ends to add a touch of finish to them

This is the previous good idea that wasn’t. LOL! you can see the original casters hat lasted about ten minutes after I turned the bench over!

This is how the bench originally looked shimmed on the2×4’s.

Thanks to Klaus Kiefer, Paul the Woodwright, Blackie the valet box maker, for their original assistance and shove to get the thing done and posted.

I took a little extra time at the end as I think the guys I just spoke of would and made it a little prettier, as well as protecting it from the extremes in humidity in my shop. I seal oated it, which caused the grain to pop, and added a coat of water- borne poly to seal it off.

As always all comments and humor is welcomed.

Thanks for looking

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 03:33 AM

looks like the shop is getting set up very nicely. You’ve got a great looking bench. I noticed a nice hand plane on the bench, Is that one that you rehabed?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 04:00 AM


Thanks for checking the blog. RE: the plane is from harbor freight, Good body terrible blade! I did use it to smooth down the cedar fence pickets to make the skirt. I have some better ones. The rehabbed planes will get used once I get the hard wood into the bench vise, and some bench dog holes drilled and dogs made.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 04:31 AM

Dang Tom, your work bench looks better than mine! I have been postponing building a new one for ages. It’s also nice that you can move it around. I think I will build one similar for sculpting so I can roll it out during summers when it’s hot and humid in my studio. Nice!!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 05:34 AM

Benji! How are you doing?

Thanks for checking in. A lot of folks commented on it as a project. The castors make itroll well over my fractured shop floor. I think woodcraft sells a set that might be more appropriate /and more expensive, LOL! They are lower to the ground which keeps the woble down. I have chocks I put along side the casters to firm it up.

Heard the Philippines got hit again?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-22-2014 07:01 PM

Sorry no to have commented before Tom, something has gone awry with my notifications! We can all think of ways of making our projects better if we had the finance, but if it works for you?... My last project and Blog Post was also a bench, there is no way I could entertain castors, for one if I put it on it’s side, that is where it would stay, and the weight alone, would probably put the castors through the tiled floor! I’m still jealous of the size of your vise ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 12-22-2014 07:16 PM


My wife helped get it back upright! And an 8 foot 2×4 for leverage. As for a vise Have you considered making one since this one would be at least 3 to 4 hundred where you live. check out Kiefer’s last leg vise. It’s simplified, he has YouTube video, and a sketchup. He also did a blog. He’s asking me when I’m going to do that. Told him I’m only on the first rung of the ladder. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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