I had big plans for it but I set my planer on it and it’s become a dedicated planer stand. The reason for this, it had a couple of design misses that prevented it from being any more useful than a planer stand.
First: The top shelf height. The magic number for my shop is 35-1/8”, the height of my table saw. It was too low to use as any sort of support.
Second: The casters were uneven. Granted it set’s on a concrete floor so you can only get it to set even in one place, and the one place was the top of my workbench the day that I made it.
The fix, adjustable casters.
The first step was to remount the casters. I planed and jointed one edge each of a piece of 2×8 and 2×4 and screwed them together. Next, I routed a 1/2” slot in the side of the cart to except a 5/16” carriage bolt that would bolt through the 2×8. This would give me about 1-1/2” of vertical adjustment.
The vertical adjustment was nice but it was still difficult to get it to set flat on the floor. So I installed a “jack bolt” on each corner. I just loosen the adjustment bolt for the high caster and crank the jack bolt until all four caster are setting on the floor. Easy peasy! I didn’t even have to use a wrench. SWEET!
When I read this article, I was taken aback by how similar their cart looked compared to mine. So adding the Flip-Up Ply Wood Rack should be easy. (Famous last words!) The plan is to make it so a full sheet of ply wood has it COG just above the hinge. That way I can use gravity to my advantage when flipping it over. Because I scabbed a 2×4 onto the side of the 2×8, it left me with a nice ledge that I can use. I plan to add a sheet of ply on the ledge so that I can put a bag of sand down there for a counter weight. Again, we’ll have to see how it all comes together.
Until next time,
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135