2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Portable Workbench Lifted By Jacks
The cart rides on four caster wheels and measures 84 in. long by 37 in. high. A pair of modified trailer tongue jacks - operated by a cordless drill fitted with a socket adapter - are used to lower the wheels onto the floor.
He used 2 by 2 by 3/16-in. thick angle iron and sq. tubing to make the workbench frame. The jacks are on either side of the table and are accessible with a socket extension through a hole in each of the table’s front legs.
The bottom of each jack has a metal bar with 2 caster wheels on it that fit between the front and back legs on either side of the workbench. When each jack is extended, the wheels are lowered onto the floor as the table is lifted up. “Each side of the workbench is lifted independently, but since I use a cordless drill it only takes a few seconds to extend or retract each jack,” says Schwanbeck.
Once raised, the table can be moved around effortlessly with tools and material on top. Each jack is rated at 3,000 lbs. Since Schwanbeck’s garage floor isn’t completely level, he added non-skid leveling rubber feet to each leg. “The feet can be screwed in or out to level the table and make the work surface more stable wherever the workbench is located. The rubber feet also help to dampen vibration from power tools,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eugene R. Schwanbeck IV, 420 Jessamine Way, League City, Texas 77573 (ph 281 483-0722; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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