Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet

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Blog series by newTim updated 06-08-2011 08:16 AM 5 parts 12058 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

06-02-2011 08:53 AM by newTim | 3 comments »

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 n...

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Part 2: Don't do this!

06-03-2011 06:52 AM by newTim | 4 comments »

As promised here is failure number one. I saw these brackets in the wood store and thought I could adapt them to accept a 1/2” bolt, which they did. The problem is the metal is merely bent into an L shape to form a small shelf. It is not welded in place. When a neighbor helped me to set the cabinet on the floor the brackets splayed out and the cabinet box immediately sat on the floor. I didn’t really like the look of it anyway being on the outside and all. So the lesson here...

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Part 3: Don't be tempted

06-06-2011 07:31 AM by newTim | 1 comment »

These Woodriver casters are great, but (IMO) not suited for this project. They are very solid, easy to attach, and make even heavy objects easy to move in tight spaces. But there are two drawbacks for this application. First, you have to get down on your hands and knees and crank the dial to raise the post on all four legs in order to engage the wheel every time you want to move the table. And, second, the height adjustment is not tall enough to compensate for much or a slope. So, weR...

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Part 4: You're getting warmer

06-07-2011 06:08 AM by newTim | 1 comment »

This was a workable solution until I found better parts. More on that in the next entry. This one, however, was over thought, over engineered, and not quite there. Since I couldn’t find a taller nut I decided to try to get by with a square nut buried in layers of plywood. I set up a template on the drill press to make matching holes and squared one up for each wheel to receive the nut. While it ended up working the weight of the cabinet was too great to keep the wheels perpendicula...

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Part 5: Curiosity + Stubborn + The right part = Success

06-08-2011 08:16 AM by newTim | 4 comments »

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 gu...

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