As I said previously, an incredibly generous guy is giving me his cabinet saw in return for me building him a mobile worktable. Due to his vertigo, he needs a fairly high work surface. I had him hold out his hands at the desired height and measured. It was 44” so that’s reflected in my design.
The model for this work table is one I saw on The New Yankee Workshop – but I made a few improvements. The pull-rope that raises the caster jacks (thus retracting the casters) is permanently attached to the bottom of the stressed-skin box that supports the work surface. This way, my friend doesn’t need to bend over to grab the rope. He also requested a lower shelf for storage so I’ve incorporated one. Also, because he’s in his mid-70s and the table will be fairly heavy (even before he has any projects on it or stuff stored on the lower shelf) so I designed a lift jack. I couldn’t figure out how to round the bottom of the lift jack in Sketchup so there’s just a circle drawn on it at the bottom. Likewise, I plan to round over the corners (vertical edges) at the top of the lift jack for more comfortable operation.
In the Sketchup 3D Warehouse, I call this “Rolling/Stationary Work Table (Basic)” – “basic” because I have a plan in mind that incorporates drawers in (and below) the stress-skin box and has a built-in, enclosed lever mechanism that will raise all four caster jacks by sliding the lever from left to right.
Here’s the Google Sketchup model – hope you like it.
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