Mobile Tool Base

The quickest, easiest and cheapest DIY mobile tool base you can make for your small workshop.

My custom made mobile tool base with a flip top table. I thought it was a clever move to attach a set of castors on a hinge so that I could move it around.

Turns out it is not a new idea for small workshops. Purely by chance I saw an example on Pinterest, so I decided to research it further.

A home made mobility kit is fine for the average hobby woodworker. If you have really heavy industrial woodworking machines, it would be better to buy a purpose made mobile tool base.

Mobile Tool BaseExmple of a mobile tool base shown in the resting position

How it works

The parts marked A & B are hinged. To engage the casters, part A folds down to wedge the two parts B into a horizontal position, thus lifting the base onto the castors. Should I mention that we would have to lift one end of the bench to do this, then again on the other side.

To disengage the casters, we would have to flip part A back up again. This could be awkward, because it is wedged in place. I suppose if I lift the bench slightly, I could hook part A with my boot. Some examples have a thin rope attached, that would make it a lot easier.

Warning

One thing I did notice, that when the casters are in position, all of the weight is supported by the hinges alone.

Just in case you’re wondering, this is not a good thing. Indeed, in one of the YouTube videos, there is a warning by the maker that the board split.

So I propose a small modification.

A Modified Mobile Tool Base

mobile tool baseShown in the mobile position, proposed modifications to the mobile tool base

I modeled this in SketchUp on my existing workbench plans.

Now the weight is supported by the extra block Part C of wood instead of the hinge.

We could argue that now part A is at risk, and indeed, by my reckoning, it is. In that case, I would simply attach another block of wood or a bracket behind so that it would fit snugly under the horizontal stretcher.

Viola! Problem solved.

More Mobile Tool Base Ideas

Mobile tool base ideas on Pinterest.

Flip Top Table

I also made this flip top table on retractable casters.

Mounted a scroll saw in one side, and a disc sander on the other side.

A 3D SketchUp model of the flip top table that I made.