I decided to hack a movable workbench when I moved from an apartment with a small room as a workshop. Now I have a bigger room and I can move the bench around when I clean and when I do a bigger project.
It took a day’s work to complete the bench and the biggest cost was the chests. What I like most is that I now have a nice open surface for my projects.
IKEA items used:
- 2 sets of IKEA MALM 4-drawer chests
Other tools and materials:
- Some 2×4″
- 2 solid and 2 swivel wheels
- Electric outlets
How to hack a movable workbench
First, decide how big the bench should be. (Be precise or you will have to remodel it like me.)
Then decide where to place the MALM chests.
Screw the 2x4s together so the chests will fit snugly in between.
Attach the wheels then flip the bottom construction over and attach the chests.
Depending on the distance between the chests, you might want to attach some shelves between them.
Now it’s time to decide the top. I took a simple plywood and reinforced it with studs
I then attached electric outlets on the side to supply to electric tools.
For anyone thinking about this project, I would advise to not overdo it — a big bench is hard to move. I had to shorten it because it was too big and I shortened it to 50 cm.
~ by Anders Hägg
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