Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional #2: Wheels for everything

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-25-2014 08:28 PM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Demolition Part 2 of Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional series Part 3: Table saw base »

Well, I haven’t gotten much done on the shop remodel since i first posted. I can heat the shop but the temperature has been so very cold that hunkering down with netflix is what ends up happening lately. I did do some sheetrock taping after I got the bench out and I do have plywood and mdf waiting on saw horses to be cut up for the new assembly table and table saw base.

But, I did get my order of swivel 3” wheels with brakes from harbor freight. After looking at Dusty's review from a couple years ago. I ordered 28 of them, yup, 28. Of the few tools that I have on wheels now, they are the most versatile and easy to clean around of them all. Everything is going on wheels. If I want to I can spread the tools out or stack them in a corner of the shop to make room for a larger project. After 5 years I’m sold on mobility if space is limited. Anyway, $3.69 at HF right now. Dusty gave them a thumbs up and the multitude of reviews at the HF site are positive. They seem well made and I’m hopeful they’ll work out. Each one is rated at 125 lbs. Rubber swivel with brakes. The brake lever is plastic but it pushes down and engages a metal tab that hits the wheel.


-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 08:39 PM

thats a good plan, i think your right on with things, the wheels look good and if there are as many good thumbs up on them then all should be good…i heat my shop with a wood stove, but its been so cold here it takes quite a bit to get warm enough and right now im like you , just a bit nicer to watch a movie or do some reading…and ive burned a lot of wood this winter and my wood stack is getting low, so now its pick and choose what days i go out in this really cold stuff….it hasnt been this cold down here since ive lived here…i thought the south was suppose to stay warm during the winter…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 10:43 PM

I have bought 16 of the casters from HF and used them on all my mobile stations and found them to be great. I do however wish I got all swivel locking casters to make it move in any direction. Some parts of my shop are not level enough and one caster will be up enough causing the station to move when you push on it so I have to adjust the position so its more stable.

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