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dclark1943

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07-16-2012 01:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench table lift table scissors lift adjustable workbench assembly station

I am trying to find or design an adjustable work table. something that will lift or lower the project to a comfortable working height. does anyone out there have a plan or design, or have one of these?

-- Dave, Kansas City


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Bill White

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 02:35 PM

I’ve seen a workbench with a ratcheting leg system somewhere. It was shop made, and looked pretty good. Just can’t find it now. Have ya tried Google?
Bill

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 02:41 PM

Bill, I googled it some time ago, but not in the last couple years. But good idea, I’ll snoop around some more.
Tnx

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 03:25 PM

Check out the Jack Bench.

-- Marc, http://www.logicallymarc.com/

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 03:34 PM

lift tables are commercially available and can be had relatively cheep on e-bay,CL or at auctions….

we use these where I work and they are very handy…. You can put whatever kind of top on it you like.

This pic came from an e-bay add and was listed for $250

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 03:36 PM

Dave

I’ve been looking at this one:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56719

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 03:39 PM

I saw a great idea in one of my books

It was a caster base with a torsion box

top. Then they had different lengths of

3×3’s to give the various heights.

If that is of interest I can look it out?

PM me if you want a scanned picture.

Jamie

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 03:51 PM

lift tables are commercially available and can be had relatively cheep on e-bay,CL or at auctions….

we use these where I work and they are very handy…. You can put whatever kind of top on it you like.

This pic came from an e-bay add and was listed for $250

here it is at Harbor Freight for $239

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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dclark1943

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 05:12 PM

Well a big thanks to all who chipped in—some great ideas, the one built by lenny and sent by Daiku above is kinda cool. and the heavy duty jack bench sent by Marc is a keeper. But I guess of all the responses I’ve gotten, I lean toward the hydraulic lift table shown above and sent by ssnvet. I can modify the top and remove the handle and I will have pretty close to what I want. I have looked at them before, but I don’t remember them being that inexpensive. I have a maple bench designed by Frank Klauz that was featured in the book of benches by Scott Landis. And that bench is big and heavy. I just need something I can move from station to station so I’m not running back and forth in the shop. Again, thanks to everyone for chipping in , it’s appreciated.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 06:10 PM

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#10 posted 07-16-2012 06:25 PM

This is the one that I made, using the type table the bubblehead posted. I added a 28” x 42” torsion box on top and it adjust from about 24” to 36” I cut the handle off to accommodate the larger top.

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#11 posted 07-16-2012 06:29 PM

the bubblehead posted

Hey… I resemble that remark :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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dclark1943

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 06:52 PM

The idea’s keep coming! Love the one posted by Gpops http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2011/05/25/ws-adjustable-workbench.aspx . and the one put up by tenontim is spot on ! Thanks again gang!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#13 posted 07-16-2012 08:46 PM

You can purchase those orange hydraulic lift tables at Harbor Freight for under $200. I bought the one shown in the photos there when it was on sale for $199 and added in my 20% coupon and got it for $160.
I made a base for it from 2 layeres of OSB board and have used it constantly.
http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=hydraulic+lift+table

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#14 posted 07-17-2012 02:08 AM

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 10:57 PM

I have been looking around for an old gurney. or hospital bed. I Ithink it would be great for an adjustable height workbench.

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