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September 14, 2017. I normally work on several bikes at once and I don't have enough space to do that with standard motorcycle lifts.  I'm starting on a 1972 Norton 750 and need another one of my Mobile Motorcycle Tables for it.  So, I decided to document building this one.

Here are the parts cut out for the table I will make.  The tables are easy to build and cost around $110 in materials if you buy all new. I usually make them 6' x 2' with six casters and that's how this one will be made. You can see the plans here.

There is nothing critical; however, cutting everything square and to the right lengths makes it much easier and quicker to build. You'll see when I have the bike on the stand, that I used a shop crane (engine hoist) in the center of the table. That's why there is extra reinforcement there. Once the wheels are on the bike, and the lift is gone, the table is plenty strong enough without additional reinforcement. The first ones of these I built were from scraps and instead of plywood, I used particle board – on those I did include additional cross supports in the top. Today, I use 1/2" plywood. If you’re concerned about strength, use 3/4".

Getting Started - Table 1

September 19, 2017. Here's the bottom and top finished.  The bottom is on the left, right side up and the top is on the right, up side down.  There are two 3" screws, and glue, at every joint.  The plywood is glued and nailed with 6 penny finishing nails.  You'll see why that's fine for the bottom soon.  It's obvious for the top.

Getting Started - Table 2

September 22, 2017. All together it's taken about three hours to this point - construction done.  I'll do a little sanding on the side - not to make it pretty - to keep from snagging clothes.  After that, I'll use 1' x 2' peel and stick flooring on the top - makes it easier to clean.  I also cut cardboard to fit in the bottom to keep that nice.

The gap underneath is about 8".  This is so the legs of my shop crane will fit under it.  It's possible to put bikes on and take them off the table using a ramp, but I work alone most of the time and I'm not comfortable doing that alone.  So, I use my 2 ton shop crane to put bikes on and take them off.  The boards underneath that hold the casters could be all 2x4s, but I had 2x6s available so I used them.  I was short two pieces of 2x6 so I finished with 2x4s.

The bike that will go on this table is shown.  It has extended forks so I will probably remove the front end and maybe the rear wheel before putting it on the table - the extended forks will not be used.  Hopefully, if it's not extremely hot out, the bike will be on the stand and out of the way tomorrow.

Getting Started - Table 3

September 23, 2017. All done and ready for the bike. One annoyance! I used exactly the same 1'x2' peel and stick flooring as I used on the last table. Last time, that flooring was actually 1' x 2'. This time it is 11-29/32" x 23-15/16" - that's why there is 1/2" not covered on the right side in the picture. It's no big deal, but annoying none the less.

Also note the cardboard cut and fit into the bottom.  I didn't have a thick piece available this time, so I put in two layers.  That's probably better - when the top layer gets dirty, I can take it out, or replace it depending on what I have available at the time.

Getting Started - Table 4

September 23, 2017. After removing the exhaust and front end it was time to put it on the table. The first picture shows it up in the air ready to set down on the table. It's a little rear heavy on purpose - the rear end will come apart next. The second picture shows it in place and moved out of the way. It was a real pain moving the bike around on its own wheels since the bearings are bad, it had those ridicules extended forks, and no kickstand.

Getting Started 1
Getting Started 2

Look here to follow the rebuild of this bike.

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