|Project by Jim Savage||posted 04-15-2010 02:48 AM||5307 views||12 times favorited||8 comments|
I’ve been working on my shop over the last year or so, and this is the first of three projects I’m going to post.
Others have posted this same workbench. The bench has a caster system that makes it mobile, and the casters lift the bench up enough so that it rolls over my tablesaw (contractor style) for storage. So it can store out of the way with the tablesaw tucked inside it. I have a small shop, so adding some assembly and outfeed space without taking up more floor space was very appealing.
When the bench is on the floor, it is the correct height to serve as an outfeed table. The third picture shows the casters pivoted out of the way so the bench sits on the floor. There is a lever at the corner of the bench (in the picture it’s in the vertical position) that controls the position of the casters.
The corner posts are two pieces of 2×4 laminated together, so it’s pretty sturdy. It’s not a serious workbench for hand-planing or anything like that, but it’s a great assembly table and outfeed table.
You can buy the plans from Wood magazine. They call it the Tablesaw Workbench. (The plans show you how to adjust the dimensions of this bench so it fits your saw.) It’s in their special publication “Best-Ever Home Shop Ideas 2009” or you can order the plans at their website. They have a video showing how the caster system works on their website and on YouTube.
I’ve built up a lot of leftover wood over the years, so lately I’ve committed myself to building projects out of materials I have on hand. That means that some of the wood I used does not match (for instance, this project contains both finish-grade and construction-grade plywood), but I’m pleased with how this turned out.