DIYers with small workshops need space-saving workbenches. This DIY rolling base transforms the Kreg Mobile Project Center into the Ultimate Workbench perfect for your small shop.
The Kreg Mobile Project Center is a workbench, an assembly table, a clamping station, it can be used as a sawhorse, it folds flat for storage, and with this DIY rolling base it becomes the ultimate workbench for a small workshop!
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Space is Limited in a Small Workshop
Those of us with small workshops don’t have room for a big, clunky workbench. When I received the Kreg Mobile Project Center I sat it next to my old workbench and the first thing I noticed was my old workbench looked, well, old, tired and BIG.
My big, ol’ workbench was made of a solid oak pallet and was SUPER HEAVY. Even though it was on wheels it was difficult to move. None of the legs were square, so it was nearly impossible to add a proper storage shelf. Plus, adding more wood only made this thing even HEAVIER. Not only that but visually those thick hunks of pallet wood made my small workshop feel even smaller than necessary.
Enter the Kreg Mobile Project Center. The Mobile Project Center was loaded with more features than my old workbench could ever dream of having. It could be used as a workbench, an assembly table, a clamping station, it can fold into a sawhorse, and it folds flat for storage. Plus, it visually appeared “less heavy”, sleeker and more modern than my old space consuming workbench.
Traditional Workbench Limitations
My old workbench was heavy on weight and light on the features. It was basically just a flat surface with virtually no storage. There’s no way it could fold into a sawhorse like the Mobile Project Center. And it NEVER could fold flat for storage. Plus, because of its size and weight, it had to permanently live in my workshop. I could never move it outside which means I would need another work surface for outdoor DIY projects.
What DIYers with Small Workshops Need
DIYers with small workshops like us need a workbench that can be an assembly table, a clamping station, and a sawhorse. And wouldn’t it be great if our workbench could fold flat for storage? Can you imagine if we could totally disassemble our workbench to free up floor space to build a big project? Or fold our workbench, bring it outside and set it up for an outdoor project? Or fold up our workbench, toss it in our truck and take it to a buddy’s house to help with a DIY project?
We could never dream of doing any of this with a traditional workbench. But we can with Kreg Mobile Project Center!
The Mobile Project Center is definitely a workhorse, but it needed one thing to make it the Ultimate Workbench for a small workshop. I don’t bring anything into my workshop if I can’t make it mobile. That’s the entire reason the name of the site is Saws on Skates! And even though the Mobile Project Center is already mobile, for me it needed some
skates casters to make it into the Saws on Skates workshop.
DIY Rolling Base Transforms Mobile Project Center into Ultimate Workbench
Here it is. The easy to build rolling base that transforms the Mobile Project Center into the Ultimate Workbench. This DIY base makes a great thing EVEN BETTER!
I usually build my projects with pine, but opted to make the base with poplar instead. Poplar is more durable than pine and it accepts paint really well. The easy to make rolling base was built using my Kreg Jig K5 and wood glue.
Six casters allow the DIY rolling base to move where you need it and then lock to keep the workbench in place. I chose these casters because they received lots of positive reviews and so far I’m really pleased with them.
Finishing the Rolling Base
I wanted the rolling base to look like it could be an optional Kreg accessory, so I went over the top with finishing. First, I used my Kreg Pocket Hole Plug Cutter to make plugs to fill all of the pocket holes and used my Kreg Jig Mini to seat the pocket holes in place. Want to make the best pocket hole plugs? Skate over to 9 Secrets to Make the Best Pocket Hole Plugs for some pocket hole plugs tips and tricks.
Then I trimmed the pocket hole plugs flush and sanded the rolling base using 120 grit sandpaper. I set up my HomeRight Spray Shelter in my workshop and used my HomeRight Super Finish Max to spray the base with primer. For the color, I chose a grey color inspired by Kreg products. It’s not an exact match, just an inspiration. For durability, I opted for high gloss paint. Sometimes it can be tricky to get a smooth finish with high gloss paint when applied with a brush, so again I used my HomeRight Super Finish Max to apply the paint.
The last thing to do is attach the
skates casters and make the rolling base mobile. I attached the casters to each corner and in the middle.
Ultimate Workshop Investment
There is something I want to address about the Ultimate Workbench, because I’m sure you’re already thinking about it, and that is the cost. So yes, the investment in the Ultimate Workbench might be more than a traditional workbench. But that’s the way we need to look at it, as an investment.
Does it make sense to spend money on a traditional workbench that can’t be folded to free up floor space in our small workshops? Or spend money on a traditional workbench that is so big and heavy that it can’t be moved outside? This means we would need another work surface for outdoor DIY projects which is an additional cost.
For me, the investment in the Ultimate Workbench is a no-brainer. The Kreg Mobile Project Center is a workbench, an assembly table, a clamping station, it can be used as a sawhorse, and it folds flat storage. It can be easily moved outside or taken to a buddy’s house for a DIY project. And with this DIY rolling base it becomes the ULTIMATE WORKBENCH for a small workshop!
This DIY rolling base has not been tested and most likely will not be able to support the approved load claims of the Mobile Project Center in any configuration. Do not use the rolling base if you’re working on a project that needs the support of the Mobile Project Center approved load claims. Also, for safety and stability reasons, do not use the Mobile Project Center in sawhorse mode while on the rolling base.
DIY Rolling Base Plan
Step 1. Cut the Cradle Rails. Cut 6 pieces of 1×3 to 27-1/8” and drill pocket holes in each end.
Step 2. Cut the Side Cradle Bottoms. Cut 2 pieces of 1×4 to 27-1/8”. Drill pocket holes in each end and along the sides.
Step 3. Cut the Middle Cradle Bottom. Cut 2 pieces of 1×6 to 27-⅛”. Drill pocket holes in each end and along the sides.
Step 4. Assemble the Side Cradles. Apply glue to a Side Cradle Bottom (Step 2) and clamp to 2 Cradle Rails (Step 1). Attach using 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat for the remaining side cradle.
Step 5. Assemble the Middle Cradle. Apply glue to the Middle Cradle Bottom (Step 3) and clamp to 2 Cradle Rails (Step 1). Attach using 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Step 6. Cut the Front and Back Rails. Cut 2 pieces of 1×3 to 64-1/4”.
Step 7. Attach the Side Cradles. Apply glue to the side cradles, position at the ends of the front and back rails and clamp. Attach using 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Step 8. Attach the Middle Cradle. Apply glue to the middle cradle, center on the front and back rails and clamp. Attach using 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Step 9. Finish the Rolling Base. Use a Kreg Pocket Hole Plug Cutter to make pocket hole plugs. Apply glue to the plugs, and use a Kreg Jig Mini to seat the plug into the hole. When the glue is dry trim the plug flush with a chisel or flush cutting saw. Sand smooth and apply a quality primer. For a durable finish I painted the rolling base with high gloss paint.