Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet #5: Curiosity + Stubborn + The right part = Success

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Blog entry by newTim posted 06-08-2011 08:16 AM 2813 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is so easy once you find the correct part. In this case all that was needed is an extra long nut. I just didn’t know where to get them until I went in to a local Sacramento store called Blue Collar Supply. Right there by the front door were these 1 3/4”x1/2”x13 hex nuts. Yowser. And they work great. And while I was in the big orange box store looking for some angle iron to beaf up the vacuum arm support, there, right next to the threaded rod, was a display of oversized long hex nuts. I guess you just have to know what’s available and/or where to look. This solution is solid as a rock and can easily support very fine adjustments. Problem solved.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 01:29 PM

the big box store should have those in drawers in the fastener isle

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 01:48 PM

I was thinking of getting HTC roller out feed table but you really got me thinking! That table is awesome!What do you think is your total cost, because I know those locking casters (the good ones) aren’t cheep.Looks like hard rock maple for the case and Formica for the drawer faces and top?I just started to fallow your blog so i am assuming that the bolts are to raise and lower the mobile base?Boy nice job looks like your a cabinet maker.I think i might save the money that I was going to spend on the HTC roller out feed table and put it into a budget for a unit like yours.This cabinet would provide storage and a work surface(witch I am poorly lacking)as well as out feed capability.”How do you know you have written a great blog…..When you change peoples minds”! Thanks Scott

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 02:13 PM

Great looking table. The nuts are called coupling or extension nuts. Places like McMaster-Carr carry an extensive array of sizes and materials.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 06:34 PM

Thanks all. Chipy, the wheels are $15-$17 at Woodcraft, but I got them on a 30% off sale. I think Rockler is now selling similar wheels (skateboard-type) with front locking devices for less. Woodcraft has two or three kinds of the stem (center bolt) wheels. I think one is 3/8” bolt that can’t be removed. These use a 1/2” bolt which can be changed out for longer bolts. The 5” bolts cost $2+ at Ace. I forget the cost of the washers and nuts. I used two nuts per bolt; one above the wheel to lock the bolt in place and the second below the hex nut to lock the stem in place so the wheels rotate and not the stem/bolt. As for the rest of the cost. The laminate is from a 5’x10’ bemished sheet I bought a couple years ago for about $40. The carcass and drawers are made out of 3/4” (23/32nd) birch plywood. The trim around the top and the face frame are maple and attached with biscuits. The top is 1” MDF. The drawer faces were edged with black edge banding then sprayed black. The grooves in the top were also sprayed with flat black paint. I also used peg board on the sides to store tools for the saw and jointer. I used an L shaped angle iron from Home Depot to support a shelf made out of 1/4” ply that is used to clamp the Sawstop’s overhead dust pipe. There are five pairs of full extension 24” drawer slides that cost around $12 at my wood supplier (they are twice that much as the box and Woodcraft).

I used outfeed tables/rollers in the past and they worked great. But I kept eyeing the wasted storage space underneath and this solution provides another much needed assembly or layout workbench.

-- tim hill

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