Workbench for Nomad…?


(Scott) #1

I’ve just received my Nomad and… it’s still in the box. It’s not going to fit on the table next to my laser – which may make it too much weight anyway. I’m thinking of getting a little workbench that the Nomad would fit on and just keep it off to the side. Does anybody have a suggestion that fits the Nomad with a few inches to spare? Thinking if it’s compact, it would be what I need, but also need something stable that won’t shake during usage. [If it’s too big, it creeps into the space I park my car, so that’s a factor.] I was thinking of one of those little portable workbenches, but I have no experience with them. Any suggestions for under $200 (or more if it rocks)? What’s your Nomad on?


(William Adams) #2

If memory serves, this was popular for the SO1 or SO2:

I’d worry about it being top-heavy w/ a Nomad on it, but if you put some sort of weight on the bottom it should be okay.

Mine is on a table in the basement, and I’m hoping to move it to my desk in my basement den.


(Patricio Suarez) #3

I got my workstation from eBay and I’m super happy with it. The laptop arm is an extra mod I did.

Here are a couple from eBay. Can’t find the exact one I bought.


(Scott) #4

Awesome! I also need to see how level my garage floor is. :smiley:


#5

Don’t worry about how level your floor is.

Lock the casters and, if close enough to level, use a tapered shim to make it solid. If you don’t want to make a shim, buy a pack of plastic (moisture proof) door and window fitting shims at the home center.

If not level enough, use tapered shims under the low wheels to level and make solid.

If it is far enough out of level that you can’t do the above, either use leveling feet instead of the casters (this can take a little work, since the caster base plate is intended to distribute the load) or use 4X4’s under each side with leveling feet or shims (a little higher and takes care of load distribution). Steel column base-plate shims, if needed, protect the floor and allow rough leveling. (Column shims are the steel plates used at the base of steel columns, and are available from steel yards and some building supply yards, in sizes from maybe 4X4 inches to 12X12 inches or more, in thicknesses from 3/32" to 1/4 or 3/8", and at least to 1" thick in larger sizes. They are handy as inexpensive, precut steel in plate thicknesses)

My lathe and my metal shaper are both on shim stacks, as well as my workbench, and several of my drawer cases. The lighter things are on screw levelers (the drill press is about 400Kg, so it is on 18mm screws with 1/4" (6mm) 100mm square plates under each)


(Scott) #6

Thanks for the great advice and reassurance!


(David Robey) #7

Check out Kreg’s Tools. 20" x 20" is $139.00
Mine is larger so I could have room for laptop.


(MachineHeadLabs) #8

I bought this one at Harbor Freight and love it.
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