But the past I am condemned to repeat is the creation of a new design that I have never done before, am not certain of the existence or availability of key materials and hardware, and possess the barest notion of what it is I want the thing to do. Welcome to my world.
I knew I wanted a sturdy outfeed table atop a cabinet that would provide much needed storage in my small shop and would provide another work surface. If that were the extent of my desires I’d have whipped it out in no time. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOO…ooooooooooooooooooo, I couldn’t just do that. In my shop everything is on wheels and since this table also serves as an outfeed table the wheels would have to lock and also be adjusted vertically so I can match the height to the Sawstop and also set the angle of the runout so stock is neither falling off the edge of the world or being pushed uphill. What to do… what to do… what to do…
This is a bog about my search for the prefect solution and it documents the journey of trial and error that eventually led to trial and success. Success being defined as my happiness with the result. So come along for the ride as I show the errors of my thinking, examine the pros and cons of specific hardware, and take a look at a couple of epic fails before eventually arriving at the land of milk and honey.
This is a classic LJs project in that it is not a finished piece of furniture or a cabinet with traditional functions endemic to those pieces. No my friends, this is a project that require the development or adaptation of parts for a specific functional purpose. It may require experimentation. It may require rebuilding. At times it may lead to epic failure. But join my my friends in this uncertain journey so we may finally exult in the successful arrival to a place filled with understanding and esteem.
Or, just follow along and learn about how to build a locking wheeled height adjustment outfeed table and cabinet. Always best to start at the end. Or as that great philosopher T.S. Elliot put it, “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com