2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #57[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Rolling "Wheelchair Workbench"“Ordinary wheelchairs can be used to make a low-cost portable workbench,” says Ken Grazier, Havre, Mont., who attached a 6-ft. long bed frame to a set of wheelchair wheels.
“Wheelchairs work for rolling work tables because they’re built strong and can hold up to about 400 lbs. per wheel,” says Grazier.
He cut off the wheelchair’s seat and front wheels, leaving just the rear wheels and handle. Then he bolted a 6-ft. bed frame to the handle. The bed frame is supported on front by the wheelchair’s front wheels.
The workbench has 2 levels made out of 1-in. pine boards. Toolboxes set on the top level and shop tools on the bottom level. Grazier extended the brakes for the wheelchair’s wheels by fitting a small metal wrench onto the end of each brake handle.
“I have another wheelchair caddy with a hinged plywood lid over the seat to store tools and other objects. The lid folds up, so if I want I can still use it as a chair,” says Grazier.
Contact: Ken Grazier, P.O. Box 1746, Havre, Mont. 59501 (ph 406 265-7670; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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