If you’re looking to make your pieces of furniture a lot more useful, attaching stem casters will make them more mobile, so you can take them with you anywhere. This feature is especially useful for people who work from home and need the extra functionality that regular tables, chairs, and workbenches don’t offer. Below are a few ways that outline how to attach a stem caster onto different household furniture.
Attaching Stem Casters to Tables
For every project you work on, always remember that safety is a priority, so be sure to take the right safety measures to protect yourself. Once you’re ready, be sure to follow the steps below:
- Flip your table upside down on a blanket or the carpet so that the bottom faces up. This will expose the bottom of the legs where the stem casters will be placed.
- Look to the side of your table and measure the size of its legs, then cut a piece of hardwood or plywood to the same size using a saw.
- Drill a hole to the same size as your stem screw’s diameter into the bottom of your wood.
- If the stem caster comes with sleeves or sockets, remember that the diameter of the hole should be the right proportion to the sleeve. It’s also best to drill 0.25 inches more compared to the stem’s length.
- Place the stem caster inside and affix it there.
- Next, use the wood clamps and adhesives to attach the wooden pieces right next to the table’s legs.
*Note: When attaching a stem caster to a table, the size of the legs generally doesn’t matter — whether it’s 2×4 or 4×4, the procedure remains the same.
Attaching Threaded Stem Casters to Chairs
The process is quite similar to the way that you would attach stem casters to tables, so be sure to take the same safety precautions before doing any work.
- Start by drilling a hole at the bottom of your chair’s legs — the drill bit should correspond to the size of the nut sleeve.
- Secure the nut sleeve in place by tapping it with a rubber mallet.
- Ensure that it fits just right; if it slides too easily, you’ll have difficulties screwing in the caster later.
- If this is the case, you can insert the caster in the nut sleeve — be sure to twist it clockwise.
- Keep turning the caster until you feel it reach its maximum resistance.
Attaching Threaded Stem Casters to Workbenches
While working with metals may seem like a hard task, it’s pretty simple once you get an idea of how it works. Generally speaking, threaded stem casters are the best to use for metal pieces of furniture, which is why we will be working with them for this project. Once again, make sure to work with proper safety gear before attempting to do the first step.
- A threaded stem caster will have a threaded rod and will need to be matched with the right nut sleeve to stay in place.
- Using a power drill, make a hole at the bottom of your workbench using the right drill bit for the size of the nut sleeve.
- Be sure to tap the nut sleeve to achieve a snug fit. Again, you'll have to check that it fits just right, otherwise, you’ll have a hard time screwing in the caster.
- Remember that whenever you install threaded-stem casters, it’s best to use a thin wrench to help turn the nut counterclockwise until it stops turning.
- As a result, the threaded stem will be tightly combined with the workbench.
While installing casters in a workbench may not seem like a good idea, it’s quite the opposite. If you’re able to attach stem casters to workbenches properly, it won’t move easily and will be able to travel wherever you need it to.
Get Your Stem Casters from LINCO Today!
If you’re looking to install stem casters — of any kind of caster — onto your chairs, tables, and workbenches at home, head over to LINCO. We have a wide range of mounts for you to choose from, so you can turn your regular chairs and tables into industry-grade equipment for all your projects. Visit our website or call us at 866-306-9566 to get started!