A Better Bench For My Shop

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A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Barnyard » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:51 pm

Everybody who has been to the Bash knows I have this unmovable workbench that can get in the way. Basically it is an old conference table I had bought from our county auction. The auction consisted of twelve nice chairs and two 3'x8' tables. A few years ago I tried to sell the lot, but only found a taker for the chairs. The tables found their way into my new barn. I removed the legs from one table and leaned it against the wall. I left the legs on the second table and put it on saw horses to use as a temporary workbench between two of my shop bays. The problem was, it was too heavy to move if I needed to.

Now that I have heat in my smaller shop I decided to spend a couple of cold nights taking care of the problem with the immobile bench. I laid the unused top upside down on a couple of saw horses and began to build a frame on it (or under it depending on how you looked at it). When I got to the part about cutting the legs I got to thinking about the immobile part of this. Since I had about a couple hundred casters at a yard sale a year ago (viewtopic.php?f=4&t=101313&p=800872) I decided those would be perfect. I cut the legs 7" shorter than normal to allow for the wheels (they have brakes).

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Long story short I ended up with a pretty nice workbench that weighs around three hundred pounds. The conference table top alone was a bit more than I want to move by myself. Now I have a nice workbench in my smaller shop that weighs twice as much as me, it is upside down AND it has to be moved outside to the driveway out one garage door and into the door on the other side. After all that, it has to be turned right side up. Did I say this was heavy. It is more than Rosie and I can do ourselves and it is too late to schedule a CubFest to round up help.

Tractor Forks and an Engine Hoist to the Rescue
After a bit of thinking, I wrapped an axle tie down strap around the middle of the bottom center support of the table (remember, it is upside down) and began to lift it with my engine hoist. It was perfectly centered and raised off the saw horses well balanced. I grabbed one of the dollies I had made last year using some of the previously mentioned casters (viewtopic.php?f=64&t=101634&p=803598) and lowered the table down on it. Now I could roll it towards the door where I could pick it up with the tractor forks. Once I had it on the tractor I took it to the other side and into the other shop. I set it down on the floor and grabbed it by one of the center legs with the engine hoist to get it to start to roll over. I then got under it with the forks to help it roll more without slamming down on the casters. As I lowered the engine hoist with the forks holding the other side the table shifted upright with little problem.

Now I can move my bench whenever I need a little more room in the shop and the caster brakes keep it in place. Later I will add a vice and small anvil

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Getting the bench started, I started using it as a workbench as I built it.

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Once the frame was bolted together it was ready for wheels

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Moving it into the bigger shop was pretty easy with the help of the tractor.

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Flipping the bench upright was a snap with the forks and the hoist

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It looks to good to get banged up
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:24 pm

I like it!!
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:27 pm

Bob, I get the left side, you get the right!!!

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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Barnyard » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:52 pm

Bob McCarty wrote:I like it!!

I figured it will be easier for you to move if we need the center spot for some other reason at the Bash :lol: .
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Rick Spivey » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:23 am

Those small tractors pay for themselves many times over when moving heavy or hard to handle loads. My small Kubota only has a loader, I may try and get some forks for it some day.
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Winfield Dave » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:38 am

I like it !!
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby outdoors4evr » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:56 am

Add some plywood to the bottom of that thing and viola, you have a shelf.
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Jeff Silvey » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:07 am

Nice keep it clean.
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:36 am

Got a chuckle out of that one, Jeff! Looks too good to use (but we will)!

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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby BIGHOSS » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:40 am

Hey guys! This is NOT a welding table. OK?
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Barnyard » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:03 am

outdoors4evr wrote:Add some plywood to the bottom of that thing and viola, you have a shelf.

That is the next step. I didn’t have anything available at the time.
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:39 am

outdoors4evr wrote:Add some plywood to the bottom of that thing and viola, you have a shelf.

Drawers are easier to hide stuff in. :lol:
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Barnyard » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:47 am

Bob McCarty wrote:
outdoors4evr wrote:Add some plywood to the bottom of that thing and viola, you have a shelf.

Drawers are easier to hide stuff in. :lol:

No, Bob! :)
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:00 am

I have found that any new flat surface only collects more junk. :shock:
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Re: A Better Bench For My Shop

Postby Dale Finch » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:08 am

Barnyard wrote:
Bob McCarty wrote:
outdoors4evr wrote:Add some plywood to the bottom of that thing and viola, you have a shelf.

Drawers are easier to hide stuff in. :lol:

No, Bob! :)

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