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My "shop" doubles as warm storage for one car in a two-car garage, so all of my stationary tools are on casters. I could go as large as 30-36" wide by 8' long with a workbench as long as it was on wheels and I was to use the space under it for storage. I can mount locking wheels on it but have been trying to find the best way to immobilize it for working.

I've seen portable tool bases (such as my bandsaw) where one end has "lifters" that lower the wheels to move the tool and lower it onto rubber "feet" for use. I've looked for commercial models but haven't found any that are big enough and heavy duty enough to handle the job. I've been toying with ideas and the only one so far is to use a large push-action clamp (picture attached) on each corner (or one end), but I don't know how well they'd work. This one, from Rockler, is only rated at 150# (and I don't know if it will lift that) but this is just to give you an idea of what I'm thinking.

I know others share my "dual purpose workspace" issue. I'd like to know what you've tried that worked well and what didn't work so well.
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Hi Jim,

I used these in combnation with my lathe bench and they have worked out very well. You may want to look them over for your situation.

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Hi Jim,

I am in the process of building my router table and decided to use these from MLCS:
3" double locking casters
These have been mounted for a couple weeks now, and I can tell you, when at least two wheels are locked the table ain't going nowhere, but when all four are locked it is rock solid. I went this way for similar reasons to you...my wife's car takes up the other half of my "shop" and having this on wheels really gives me some extra space when the car is backed out of the "shop" Maybe not what you are looking for, but another option to consider...

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Hi Jim,
I'll second dustmaker's suggestion about the double locking casters. A little pricey but they work. Rockler sells them and so does Caster City. I put two on opposite corners of my router table and two non-locking on the other corners. It is rock solid. However, for a workbench I'd be tempted to use four locking casters.

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Jim I use the same caster as Frank on my router table. My table is 34”X 47” and consists of two base cabinets 15"deep X 24" wide back to back and all the weight of a 1 1/4" top. All I know is with stuff in the drawers and in the cupboards it is fairly heavy and I have had no problem two wheels are fixed and two are locking swivel type. You can see it in my gallery.

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Hi Jim,

I can't add to the size of caster as others have posted. What I do suggest is, look at getting 4 swivels and making a work table like Norm Abrams did. It's a fairly easy project to do. Just simply pull a rope and the table itself "sits" on the floor, keeping it from moving.

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I used these in combnation with my lathe bench and they have worked out very well. You may want to look them over for your situation.

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I like the idea Bob, as they are nice and sturdy. My problem is that it'll be "move it out after work, move it back before bed", repeat regularly. That would be a lot of time on my knees!

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Hi Jim,

I can't add to the size of caster as others have posted. What I do suggest is, look at getting 4 swivels and making a work table like Norm Abrams did. It's a fairly easy project to do. Just simply pull a rope and the table itself "sits" on the floor, keeping it from moving.

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That's a great idea Ken.. I wonder how difficult it would be to raise it up on the casters if the bench weighed several hundred pounds.. hummmmm...

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Double locking casters.. I've seen them in catalogs but didn't understand the significance of the double lock. This sounds like a good solution for me. Thanks, guys!!

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That's a great idea Ken.. I wonder how difficult it would be to raise it up on the casters if the bench weighed several hundred pounds.. hummmmm...
Hi Jim,

If built like Norm did his, all you do is simply pick up on one end and the wheels will drop down, allowing for mobility. To lock, simply pull the rope and voila!! If I had the room in my shop, I'd be building one. You might check with Amazon, they may have his dvd a little cheaper than at the NYWS web site. His are pricey but well worth it.

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