|Project by Dan Corbin||posted 01-21-2013 11:14 AM||738 views||3 times favorited||1 comment|
Last fall, we made three mobile carts for Santa Claus to use at Photos with Santa at the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons, NC. This is the cart that the photographer’s assistants sat at, to show people their photos. They had laptops on the two work surfaces and put extra monitors up on the counter for the customers to see. It had plenty of storage space and closed up very compact. It was almost bigger on the inside (open) than on the outside (closed)!!!
I’m using the past-tense here because this is the cart in my blog post on casters that bit the dust about week 5. Now, the photographer was loading this cart up with several hundred pounds of weight each and every night before pushing it across the parking lot, up a concrete ramp (with rather large gaps in the concrete) and over a big threshold. Plus, with only $2 casters, I can absolutely see why this one lost every caster on one end and came to a grinding halt.
Normally, when I start to build something, I will plan out each piece, how long it is, and where it goes. With this cart, I was feeling rushed and wanted to keep the design fluid, so I skipped the planning stage. It worked great, but not perfectly. It also never truly achieved squareness, which led to problems closing it (and perhaps led to the Great Caster Breakdown of 2012).
In all likelihood, this cart will probably be completely remade this summer with some improvements—the first of which will be properly-sized casters!
-- ~ Dan, North Carolina, http://www.facebook.com/torahanjyuu/