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Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) #3: Platform and Work surface

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Blog entry by Garry posted 12-29-2013 01:14 AM 10613 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Taking the plunge - Starting the project Part 3 of Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) series Part 4: Cabinets and drawer boxes »

So the UMWW is pretty well completed and I’ve been using it for a few weeks now. I’m very pleased with it and I’ll submit some posts to cover the construction.

First I built the rolling platform torsion box. The 2×4s are acting as clamps while the glue sets up.

The corners were cut away to reduce the height and reinforced with 2×8s to carry the wheel loads.

The finished rolling platform:

The Work surface torsion box was built using the rolling platform as a work surface.

And the finished work surface:

Then the casters and floor locks were added. Later I added a 1/2” pad under the casters to give the floor locks more clearance on the uneven driveway. I simply place a 1/2” pad on the concrete when I use the stops to support the workbench.

The completed rolling platform:

Next, the cabinets.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 01:51 AM

Shore is gonna be a doozzie! That’s sum kinda fine work, Garry! You’re gonna be relly a proud pup when you can show us the finished bench. Keep’em cummin.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 02:28 AM

WOW!! Nicely done Garry. Very nice! Can’t wait to see the following installments.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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Anik

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 05:02 AM

Really Nice! AND you painted it before adding the cabinets

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Anik

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 05:05 AM

Now that you have used the bench for a while, have you found the top and bottom torsion boxes to be sufficiently strong and stiff?

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Garry

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 09:45 AM

Yes, the torsion boxes are extremely stiff and sturdy.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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Willy Cordero

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 08:11 PM

Dear Garry, where can I buy, online, the stops you are using? I live between Costa Rica and Brasil and have not been able to locate something like that south here, so would try to order them online. thanks in advance

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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4lejandr0

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 04:27 PM

Fantastic foundation! I’m beginning to design mine and this was the perfect find.

Looks like you’re using ¾” Baltic birch. Yes?

Also, were the holes on the front and back end necessary for anything in particular? Do you think dust collection tubes could effectively run through that area?

Thanks for sharing!

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