|Project by BigBadBen||posted 06-17-2013 02:47 PM||1819 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
I have finished my new mobile workbench. With many thanks to the members of this site for providing guidance and ideas.
I began by using scrap lumber from a neighbors house remodel and glued up and planed down the structural base and top framing to 16/4 in size. I used a torsion box design for the verticle sides.
Mass and mobility were key design parameters. I used the casters from a $12 dolly from a big box store because the weight capacity was 1,200 lbs (and it only cost $12). I mounted them on the inside of the base frame with 3/8” clearance from the floor. See the picture of the base on my set-up table showing the clearance. I then made four fancy “shoes” that are 3/4” high and slip over each corner of the base frame. I use a small pry bar to raise each side when the bench is in place. This is very effective and stable.
I contemplated making the maple to myself, but ended up purchasing a 36” by 72” by 2-1/4” top from Global. I made the edging from a 12’ by 11” piece of 8/4 mahogany. Georgeous piece of wood! I purchased one 9” vise from Rockler and the end vise from Lee Valley. I’m very happy with both. I have a picture of the top in place prior to making the base cabinet. The “fancy shoes” are resting on the inside of this view, not in place.
I used the bench for a month or so prior to making the drawers. I used 3/4” MDF for the drawer carcass and 100 lbs. full pull drawer slides. The drawers are made od 3/4” ply front and backs with 1/2” maple ply sides. I used 1/2” maple ply to skin the enitre base and used maple trim to outline. The false drawer fronts were made of stain grade 3/4” soft wood. I stained them to look like mahogany, but I’m not thrilled with the results of the false fronts. Oh well.
All in all, this was a fun project and will provide many years of functional use. As with any project, you learn from it. The best feature is that it rolls out of the way when not in use.
Thanks again fellow Lumber Jocks for you input.