Not much done today, had time to install the casters. had to go the lowes for some lag bolts (5/16) as the casters did not come with it.
I found the casters on eBay for a fantastic price. it’s sold by SES Casters which are here in Massachusetts. total price was ~26 including shipping. they may not be red and shiny – but they are soft, heavy duty, and work fantastic! I highly recommend this seller by any means.
I installed 2 swivel casters on the front of the table, and 2 non swivel casters in the back. when the front casters are locked, there are no wheels that can slide/move in the direction of the feed:
I installed 2 lag bolts into the end of the plywood sides, and 2 bolts with nuts that go through the bottom piece. I’m not too sure about the bolts in the ply-edge as the edge usually doesn’t have much holding power (but I have been pleasantly surprised in the past from screws into ply-edge), but being a physics major – having the plywood sides (which hold the rails and drawers, and all their weight) rest on the casters will create less stress on the bottom piece, and the pocket screws that hold it to the sides. besides, there’s not much pressure on these lag bolts. worst case, I can always remount the casters.
so here it is, in it’s planned location that will/might double work as an outfeed table (just have to figure out how to handle the DC hose in the back of the saw):
the top lays on the cabinet and is very very stable (surprisingly). there is a gap between the top and the right side as it was installed too low, but I can shim that, or fill it with something. I think I’ll mount the top to the cabinet with triangle blocks in each corner (and 2 in the center) to secure it from moving about.
not much done today for lack of time, and the need to drive around for bolts. but at least it took the cabinet off the tablesaw/workbench, which are now back to being functional.
Next I would like to work on the top, and mount the router in it somehow.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.