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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #10685 by hyRAM@elu

Gents, I am currently working on a garage workbench cabinet. I would like some ideas regarding the door structuring that I should employ. Strictly plywood, framed or not, etc.? Attached is a picture of the bench as it is now. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

In addition, I am planning on using 3/8" plywood to enclose the back and sides. The bench dimensions are is 2 layers of plywood ¾"x30"x77" (top), 40½"x27"x75" (base framework of 2x4 lumber), ¼"x27"x75" (upper shelf), ¾"x15"x75" (middle shelf), and ¾"x27"x75" (lower shelf). Everything is screwed and glued, including the main joints which are 2½" and 3½" countersunk lag bolted.

Also, does anyone have ideas on how I could achieve bench wheel manueverability with height adjustment much like that of a Shopsmith? This unit is already a beast to manage moving around. I can only imagine once it's loaded!

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4 years 6 months ago #11245 by AZ IRONWOOD

If you can determine what the maximum overall weight will be, you have several possibilities regarding mobility. (1) adapt a set of light duty wheel assemblies, as those used on the shopsmith. But, consider if they can support the final weight, and the potential distance the cabinet will be subjected to, in its' lifetime. You don't want it falling apart, prematurely. (2) Incorporating a much more substantial metal undercarriage, made from suitably dimensioned right angle barstock. I'd use a set of suitably sized commercial wheels, which have a braking feature. They are dis-engaged/re-engaged with a simple movement of the toe portion of your foot. Available from your local hardware; if not a stocked item, they can special order a set. You only need the closest pair, to be braking capable. (3) I've seen aftermarket wheel assemblies, used to permit mobilization of woodworking machinery, such as commercial tablesaws. These might be adaptable to your needs. AZI

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