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Forum topic by RobHannon posted 05-16-2018 07:18 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobHannon

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05-16-2018 07:18 PM

I have been brainstorming how I want to design my workbench and as much as I want it to be fixed I don’t see any way I can swing that without getting rid of tools or moving into a larger shop. So I have been looking into how I can make it mobile when needed and very stable when where I want it. Looking at the retractable casters that are made for both workbenches and mobile bases, they all seem to use fairly small diameter wheels. While I am sure cost is a significant factor in that design, is there some reason a larger wheel wouldn’t work?

Small wheels in my shop are not usable so I don’t think the retail ones would work, but I’m not against reinventing the wheel with bigger parts. Also seriously considering building it with some clearance and getting a used pallet jack.


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 07:38 PM

Smaller casters pivot on a smaller radius so
in circumstances where you have to mount an
outrigger support to attach the caster to it
doesn’t have to protrude as far.

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#2 posted 05-16-2018 08:45 PM

I made one with a bigger caster… once you start looking at the design, you will understand the wheel size (and weight) limitation on those smaller ones.

Instead, you might want to try to incorporate a pivoting hinge type where the casters are mounted on a 2×4 or similar that is hinged. Here is a good example of one such design by Mattias over at woodgears: Mobile jointer base

There are a few other similar types that are floating around here on LJ’s, as well as plenty others that can be found with a quick google.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 05-16-2018 10:24 PM

I used hockeypucks with bolts going through mine to allow the bench to be leveled up behind my table saw as an outfeed table. I then put the Rockler flip down castors to allow mine to be mobile. However, I replace the 2” castors in the Rockler set with 4” castors to get a better weight rating. My 430lb bench moves with ease now. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/329057

-- Breeze

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#4 posted 05-16-2018 10:54 PM

For a down and dirty bench for my garage I put casters on one end only: legs on the wheeled end are cut shorter by the amount necessary to achieve a level surface. On the sides of the end without wheels I mounted steel brackets of the sort that one would use for barring a door with 2×4s. When I need to move the bench I slip lengths of 2×4 into the brackets and then lift and move as one does a wheel barrow. Not a job for the weak, lazy, or old but this bench is as solid as hell and is mobile enough that I can move it into the driveway.

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RobHannon

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#5 posted 05-17-2018 12:49 PM



I used hockeypucks with bolts going through mine to allow the bench to be leveled up behind my table saw as an outfeed table. I then put the Rockler flip down castors to allow mine to be mobile. However, I replace the 2” castors in the Rockler set with 4” castors to get a better weight rating. My 430lb bench moves with ease now. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/329057

- Breeze73

I was thinking of that but didn’t think the larger wheels would clear the mechanism. Do you happen to have a pic of them?

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Kelly

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#6 posted 05-17-2018 04:26 PM

I used the ones Rockler sells and has regular sales on for my bench. It has reasonably sized casters.

The good sales tend to be months between, but I got my set for forty. Otherwise, they run sixty, but are still a good buy, if you need them.

http://www.rockler.com/workbench-caster-kit-4-pack

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