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My (nearly completed) 2x4 Basics based workbench/assembly table is 8' x 3.5' with 3/4" MDF shelves/top - so, as you can imagine, it's pretty heavy. The 2x4 Basics legs seem pretty sturdy, but I just wonder each leg's bottom "shelf" will support attaching casters to it.

Perhaps adding an additional piece of wood on each leg - between each shelf - as a kind of brace might lend to additional support ?? .... I dunno.




I'm wondering whether anyone here has tried to put casters on the bottom of their 2x4 Basics bench or assembly table?

If so, might you be able to put up a photo or two to show how you did it?



THANKS !!!


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TOM
 

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Think about it, how would anyone know without a picture?
I want my work brench to sit in one spot and be rock solid.
 

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Think about it, how would anyone know without a picture?
I want my work brench to sit in one spot and be rock solid.
Sure ... But when one's workshop is also one's two-car garage, the option to be able to move it to the side
(if necessary) can be handy. Hence, my research/question.

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Sure ... But when one's workshop is also one's two-car garage, the option to be able to move it to the side
(if necessary) can be handy. Hence, my research/question.

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Ayuh,... just put another 2x horazonal 'tween the legs, boxin' 'em for strength,...
Then screw the caster to Them...

If it wobbles, put some corner braces in...
 

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I'm with bondo.
for mine, I was able to do the cheap route.

Wifey did not like the kitchen island in our house. I pulled it out, put some casters on the bottom, now I have a moveable workbench. ( make sure to get at least two of the casters with brakes. )
 

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Right ... but what I was asking/wondering is whether anyone has successfully added casters to their 2x4 Basics workbench - and, if so, how has it been working out and might there be some pics to share.


I AM going to give bondo's suggestion a try - perhaps as early as this weekend. Mine is a hefty 3.5' x 8' assembly table/workbench - so it's going to take some assistance from a buddy of mine to help me safely turn the bench on it's side (likely onto some foam insulation) and back up once the casters are installed.


When I do this, I will be sure to take pics of the process and report on the result.
 

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Ayuh,... Make sure ya take into account the height of the legs, 'n casters,...

It'd be an ashame to build it, 'n find ya need a ladder to use it...
 

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I built a workbench and put casters on it. Made sure they were locking casters and nice and solid so it wouldn't wobble when I didn't want it to. WOrks out well.
 

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Ayuh,... Make sure ya take into account the height of the legs, 'n casters,...

It'd be an ashame to build it, 'n find ya need a ladder to use it...
:laughing: . . . I Know, Right?


For visual reference sake, my bench (basically) resembles this ...






Since I cannot find any pics depicting the construction process, there is basically some leftover space on each "shelf" of the 2x4 Basics workbench legs - with each 2x4 (or, in my case for the bottom shelf/bracing, 2x6's) cornering on each leg shelf.

The following pic kind of depicts the basic concept pretty well . . .




So, what I was thinking I would do is miter 4x4's to fit within the space - having each piece log enough to also serve as an additional support brace between the first and middle shelves - make sense? Going to have to drill a few additional holes into the bottom shelves of the 2x4 Basics resin legs - but I'm thinking it will work out. Just need to figure out which screws to use.
 

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I've ordered this and plan to build it without a full middle shelf- maybe just bracing on 3 sides and will add casters. I saw a post that describes scabbing extra 2x4 and mounting casters on lower 2x4. Probably fine, but then the load to the legs is entirely lateral and I feel that the load should be directed up, so I will try and have the caster plate directly under both sides of the plastic leg: I'm going to scab a short 2x4 to either the front or side lower 2x4, then to fill the void which looks like maybe 1/2" between the wood and the bottom of the leg with a thin 4x4 or whatever, so that when I mount the caster, its base plate will catch both sides of the plastic leg. I like to plan, not so much to build but when I get this done someday I'll send a pic.
 

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What the heck are you calling a 2x4basics workbench? I have seen probably 50 different workbenches made out of 2x4s.
 

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Mounting casters on a workbench when using 2x4 construction is not sturdy enough because pine 2x4 is soft. I suggest Bench Dog Caster brackets which bolt through 2 2x4s and hold a threaded pin caster securely. They are sold on Amazon and they do not protrude to trip on.
 

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When i created any workbench and also place casters onto it. Made sure we were holding locking casters and also great and also reliable then it couldn't wobble after i failed to are interested to be able to. Computes effectively.
 

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Those casters look great: Up and the bench sits right on the floor, down for mobility. But consider this: it appears all four casters are steerable. It that what you want? Would you be better off with only one end steerable? In what axis do you think you'll move it most often? Long axis or short axis? How far?

Pick up 2 fixed and 4 steerable really cheap casters. Tack a 3½×8 frame together, mount the steerable casters and see how it steers from the long side and short side. Now put the fixed casters on one end and see how it steers from the long side and short side.
 
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