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akimbo 01-11-2014 08:09 PM

Wheels On A Workbench
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I'm using a set of cabinets as a base for a workbench. I would like to be able to move the workbench around my workshop so I had the idea to put it on wheels. I'm building a stable base to which I can add wheels. Our carpenter suggested I use just two wheels and two fixed feet to make it more stable. I agree with that but I'm still a little worried about how stable it will be. I have two questions. Since the base will 63 long and only 23 wide (plus extra width on top with a wider work surface, I'm wondering if it will be a tipping hazard if doing heavy work. Anyone have any guidelines for that? Also looking a tip for how to make the two fixed feet that will be 5" high. Thank you.

SPS-1 01-11-2014 08:22 PM

You may wish to do a Google search on "Levelling Castor". As the name implies, they have a leveling foot built into them. Unless you find a surplus source, it might be a lot cheaper to rig up your own copy to do the same thing.

akimbo 01-15-2014 01:27 PM

I sorted out how to make the two fixed feet but I just realized that when casters lock, they can still swivel. That doesn't sound safe to me.

oh'mike 01-15-2014 01:32 PM

My chop saw table uses locking castors--never had an issue with it moving when I didn't want it to----perhaps the stray sawdust around round the wheels keeps it in place---

akimbo 01-15-2014 03:32 PM

Problem solved
Thanks for your input. Found these double locking casters.

JKeefe 01-15-2014 07:11 PM

There are casters where the lock not only prevents the wheel from turning, but the caster from swiveling. My experience from them comes with mallet percussion instruments (such as xylophones) that are designed for outdoor use (marching band and drum corps) and have heavy-duty frames.

47_47 01-16-2014 06:37 AM

How heavy is this bench? I have used two fixed casters on one end and legs on the other. You only need to pick up the bench enough to clear the legs and can move the bench. The contact of the legs with the floor will prevent motion.

akimbo 01-16-2014 02:51 PM

Double locking casters.
Yes, that was my plan originally (having two fixed feet for stability), though I didn't relish the idea of lifting a heavy bench full of tools to move it, so I decided to go with all double locking casters.

I had a little trouble finding them because they don't all say that they lock from rolling and swiveling. Then I found some that were out of my price rainge. I called and ask this company and got the right size at the right price with the right functions. Done deal!

Thanks for all your suggestions. :)

47_47 01-17-2014 07:40 AM

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Have you thought of a mobile base? Price for one is almost the same as 4 locking casters.

akimbo 01-17-2014 12:28 PM

I've got some double locking casters being delivered today, but your idea would be perfect for a smaller cabinet that holds our heavy tool box.

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