Reader Project: Mobile Flip-Top Workbench
Family Handyman reader Christopher Rings sent us photos and drawings of his incredible workbench. We just might need to build one of these for the Family Handyman shop, too. Check it out!
So after a long seven months, to the day, my mobile flip-top workbench is finally completed. This bench holds a planer, jointer, oscillating sander, drill press, bandsaw, bench grinder and a belt sander. – Christopher Rings
To get started, I created the following plans for my workbench in SketchUp. Here are my construction drawings.
So I decided to reinforce the cams with oak pieces, alternating the grain and encasing each cam in a 4-inch steel pipe.
Most importantly, while the bench is normally stationary, with the pull of the lever the bench is forced up onto six casters so that I can move this extremely heavy bench wherever I want.
Also, I added a dispenser at the end of the bench for a roll of kraft paper. It can be easily rolled out on to the bench for staining and glue-ups.