I have been slowly collecting stuff to build what I feel will be the ultimate mobile workbench. Now that I have most of the materials it's time to build it, share the experience, and see if it actually looks and works the way I had it in my mind. I will also be working on this instructable as I build it. Let me start with the materials I've been collecting. Workbench top is going to be made from bowling alley lane. This stuff is heavy big and bulky I thought it was going to be like a nice flat giant butcher block, it's not. The way it's built it has a tongue and groove that is nailed together so it's FULL of nails, no glue, it's also finished on the top but rough and uneven on the bottom. There are support boards the keep it from buckling in the center. Hopefully when I remove them it will hold just long enough. Every workbench needs a good vice and I planned on getting something good when my father in law said he had something he bought at a garage sale 15 years ago. When I reached down to pull the box and saw it said Wilton on it I couldn't believe it! This was the vice I wanted but they are costly, big hug and thanks to father in law. Next was a bench of some sort at the local county sale they looked perfect but where sold. After 6 weeks of going to the sale and seeing those things I had to ask again about buying them. They said since the guy has not picked them up I could but them at $5 a piece!!!! Ends up these are old prisoner beds. I ordered all swivel locking casters since it's going to be heavy I want to move it around and lock it in place. Last thing I want is to see it rolling down the driveway. Also ordered metal from BBmetals, I mention them because they are great to deal with compared to the other two metal shops in my town. The metal is always clean and rust free plus they will cut it into manageable pieces for a fair price or free, did I mention they are delivering to my residential house. I almost forgot the 2 drawer tool chest this will be handy.
I'm going to build 3 benches total (I think) here is what I have into the best one. This is a frugal build but it can be done if you have some patience.
1) prison bed $5
1) piece of bowling alley $33 (got all pieces for $100)
1) Wilton vice FREE!!! Thanks again Rod
1) tool chest $75
4) 5" swivel locking castor $60 total
Total so far $250
Step 1: Cutting the bowling lane
Cutting the wood to size. I am stressing about this because of the nails. My solution is to cut it with a sawzall those things can go through just about anything. I clamp a metal bar across the wood as a guide and start test cutting. It's going right thru it no problems. As I blow the saw dust away I can see that the cut is terrible crooked and at an angle. Belt sanding it straight is not a good option I need a new plan. I buy a demo blade for my circular saw, measure and set up my metal bar guide. I'm going to try it in 3 passes each cut a little deeper. I'm wearing safety glasses, gloves, thick shirt and pants. I'm worried about flying nails or flying saw teeth but start cutting. It's working great the cuts are straight it's going better than I thought. A few light passes with the belt sander and It's starting to look like something. I'm leaving the support on the bottom for now. I'm sure it will need a little tweaking later on when I fit and glue it in FOREVER!