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Project by Jack Houweling posted 08-08-2015 10:23 PM 3281 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A hovercraft table for the workbench will come in handy to move heavy machines around. I think it would be ideal if one had a very large work bench and can have a few floating around. These tables can be made very quickly and are very inexpensive. I am just having fun floating it around my workbench!

Check out the video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEctz9CI9z4

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net





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KayBee

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#1 posted 08-08-2015 11:33 PM

Genius idea! I’ve seen these for bigger things, but never thought of making one for small stuff.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Druid

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 11:40 PM

Lots of our members like to float ideas for the rest of us to consider, but you’ve taken the principle quite literally.
I can really see this type of accessory being a real help to people who do not have larger workbench areas, and have to “park” tools out of the way when they aren’t being used. You now have me thinking about a set of 4 connected mini versions to go under my tablesaw legs??? Interesting.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 08-09-2015 12:02 AM

How long does it ‘float’ before the compressor runs out of air? .... do you regulate the pressure?

Otherwise very interesting and a whole lot less cumbersome than castors, me thinking about my jointer…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 01:26 AM

Great idea and great build. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 03:47 AM

Kool! I didn’t think it would be that simple.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 04:27 AM



Genius idea! I ve seen these for bigger things, but never thought of making one for small stuff.

- KayBee

Yes it works well for small heavy stuff!

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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Jack Houweling

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 05:18 AM



How long does it float before the compressor runs out of air? .... do you regulate the pressure?

Otherwise very interesting and a whole lot less cumbersome than castors, me thinking about my jointer…

- exelectrician

I keep playing around with it driving all over my bench and the compressor has never run out. I am running it at 80psi.

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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#8 posted 08-09-2015 11:05 AM

I love it…great idea

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#9 posted 08-09-2015 12:16 PM

Wow! Jack, my hat is off to you. I love it. It’s very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 08-10-2015 12:03 AM

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