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Forum topic by SeaWitch posted 11-16-2011 04:55 PM 1813 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SeaWitch

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11-16-2011 04:55 PM

I’m getting ready to build a new workbench, and I have a question about casters.

From what I’m reading, a lot of people go to a lot of trouble to have casters that either hinge down by designing some complicated contraption or buying very $$$$ casters that do that. Why not just use heavy duty casters with brakes that are on and down all the time? What am I missing here? Why go to so much trouble not to do that?

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 05:25 PM

My guess would be that its a stability issue. Even double locking caster can have some slight movement and getting the wheels totally off the ground does eliminate that.

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David

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 05:34 PM

That was exactly my reasoning. I don’t want even slight movement of my workbench when it’s down.

I considered these: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30842 but the weight capacity isn’t enough, they may be sufficient for your needs though. My workbench is a tank.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 05:49 PM

I would just put plastic feet on the legs. Cheapest stuff is the polyethylene cutting boards which you can buy at the thrift stores for a buck or two. They’re usually a half or 3/8 thick. Countersink some holes, chamfer the edges (easy with a hand plane) and screw them to the legs. You’ll still be able to move it, but it won’t even wiggle unless you apply your hip.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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StumpyNubs

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 10:19 PM

Caster? Can she even act?

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 11:25 PM

Hey there wicked one, everything in my shop is on wheels (casters), some with fixed at one end and some with swivel all around. Some have breaks, some don’t, – depends on your required usage.
One version is what I have on my sanding table configuration – 4 swivels and 2 leveling pads.
You can use (instead of what I used) a threaded rod, wing nut and nut set in a piece of 2×4, it works just as good. As far as casters go, don’t use anything less than 3” dia, with a tire tread that is compatible with the floor surface, and get a wide a tread, not less than 1”.

Here’s one of my setups.

One end view

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 11:38 PM

Lee,
I did this on my lathe. I don’t move the w’bench, but the HDMW feet on the lathe were/are great.
Bill

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Rick

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#7 posted 11-20-2011 10:25 AM

Seawitch:

With all due Respect. This is One Of Four “Help Me Out” Postings you’ve put up in the last 4 Days. They all have up to 6 Replies, yet nothing from you after the initial Posting.

I noticed that you’ve been quite active in other areas during that time. I was wondering if you are “Watching” your own Postings?

14 Days is not a long ime to be on here, and there is Learning Curve, but I’m sure the Posters would appreciate some sort of an Acknowledgement.

Thank You: Rick

-- LJ's "Be Nice" Policy. "Reach out and touch someone." NO! Not There!! ... ;-}

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SeaWitch

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#8 posted 11-20-2011 11:43 AM

“From Rick:
With all due Respect. This is One Of Four “Help Me Out” Postings you’ve put up in the last 4 Days. They all have up to 6 Replies, yet nothing from you after the initial Posting.

I noticed that you’ve been quite active in other areas during that time. I was wondering if you are “Watching” your own Postings?”

Rick, yes, I am watching whatever I post. I am familiar with forums, and, in fact, was a moderator on one. I’m sorry if you take offense. In my opinion, 3 days is not a long time to reply back in your own thread. I find it weird if the same poster posts several times in his own (short) thread.

The main reason I’m on this forum or any other is to learn something, and that’s why I ask questions. If you’re watching where I post, you may also notice that I have also tried to help others, so that I am not just taking from this forum, but also giving. I have offered several “tips” in the “tips and tricks” threads; I offered to be the 2X4 contest and also to donate a prize there.

I am always grateful for any and all replies. In this thread I have looked up every single castor reference suggested. I contacted Zambus and have been able to find them in Canada at a fair price. So thank you very much, all, for the castor information.

To Rick, thank you for your concern. Yes, I assure you I am smarter than a bag of hammers. Good Morning!

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#9 posted 11-20-2011 03:45 PM

Some would say it is better to listen and learn when you ask a question. Maybe that’s what Seawitch is doing?...

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#10 posted 11-20-2011 04:30 PM

SeaWitch,

Could have been worse, could have been “castor oil” instead of just a tongue lashing from the self-designated hall monitor…

Now, in respect to the original subject of this thread, I’m currently building a new cabinet stand for an older Craftsman tablesaw. I need it to be mobile and am using 3” swivel locking casters on it. I’m also going to make some “chocks” (wedges of wood to put under it) to prevent any rolling tendancy caused by the use of the swivel casters. I’ll use these when I want to be certain it doesn’t move when sawing…

Also, I just noticed that you “offered to be the 2X4 contest…” and I can only say, like the Army, “Be all you can be!” < GRIN >

Herb

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SeaWitch

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#11 posted 11-20-2011 06:23 PM

Thanks Herb and StumpyNubs for the good vibes. Yes, I’ll suffer through the tubafore thing. I’ve got my eye on the “at least it’s not firewood” prize. I figure if there are only 5 entries, I have a fighting chance.

On the castor thing, for the moment, I think I’ll go with some self-leveling ones. They’re not cheap, but at least it’s an all-in-one thing. Herb, my dog would probably run away with those chocks. And frankly, the simple locking ones aren’t cheap either…...

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 11-20-2011 06:46 PM

Even just a “thanks everyone” will do.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Lee Barker

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#13 posted 11-20-2011 07:25 PM

Thanks, Bill, for acknowledging my idea. It is an elegant, inexpensive, simple and functional solution to a challenge that is fairly common.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#14 posted 11-21-2011 06:30 AM

I pondered the same question when I was building my bench, then I stumbled across an alternative. Assuming you bench will have four legs, say 4×4 post type leg. During assembly, I used some scrap carpet under legs so I would not scratch the floor when sliding around. Ends up that was my solution. Just glued some 3.5” squares of carpet, face down on bottom foot of post and works great. Has enough friction to keep in place, but can still be slid against wall with reasonable force. Maybe this would work for you or someone else too.

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Rick

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#15 posted 11-21-2011 10:50 AM

Oh GOOD! Somebody “Flagged’ My Reply and had it removed. Use to be where LumpyNubs post #10 is now.

Oh well. No big deal. “HerbC” they still have hall monitors at your School? That’s not a “Bad Thing” you know!!

Sea Witch is focusing on a Workbench and herb is talking about a Saw Stand. So! May I suggest ..herb …. I have a set of these under my Table Saw legs and they work very well and Lock nicely. Lee valley sells them for about $55 to $60.00 I got mine at Canadian Tire on sale for around $25.00 I think. One reason was CTC’s had Metal Arms where you see the Orange ones on LV’s. I just thought they would be better, maybe not.


SeaWitch: Probably not good for your Bench but your other post on the Table Saw…might work. I’m REALLY GLAD I put them on my Ridgid! Makes moving the Saw a piece of Cake!

Believe it or not after racking my Brain for a small 2’x4’ Auxilliary Bench I put Appliance Casters under it. They say they’ll support up to somewhere around 1100 Lbs. The bench is up against the wall so it’s just straight back, and forth movement if at all. I actually had to cut them down to span the 2’. They cost all of $10.00 Bucks or less.

Lee Valley has a good selection of Polyurethane Casters, Swivel/Locking and Fixed. I’ve got a picture on here of them, but I think the Price is wrong. See if I can grab a Link to their Page.

Oky. This Link

Should take you to the “Search Page” and Both Typres of Casters MIGHT…LOL.. be there. I copied the Pictures just in case.

The metal Ones, as a Set of Four, at 4” are $54.90. Seperately, Fixed are $14.70 Each and Swivel-Lock are $16.70 Each

The Polyurathane ones Shown as “D” in the Picture are …Fixed, 3”x4” $8.20 Each. Swivel/Lock 3”x4” are $13.60 Each.

Guess that’s about it for now.

CHEERS: Rick

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