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Forum topic by woodify posted 09-23-2013 02:47 AM 2607 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2013 02:47 AM

I brought a used kitchen base cabinet that is 11.5 ft long made of pine and plywood. It was build as one piece so I can’t (nor want to split it in two) . Water runs towards the wall where the cabinet is going when the wife parks in the garage during the winter (snow and slush melt). The wall has a ledge that prevents the base cabinet from being hung on the wall.

I was thinking about installing casters on the base cabinet to keep it out of the occasional water in the winter and to clean the saw dust occasionally.

I was thinking I’d need 8 casters (2 casters front and back spaced approx. 3 ft apart)

Would straight casters work on something 11.5ft long? or would I need swivel casters in the back and double locking in the front?

-- Woodify ~~

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 03:04 AM

If the ONLY movement would be straight from the wall, then straight casters in the back would surfice. But I would never lock myself into that situation, having swiveling casters front and back adds very little to the cost and allows tremendous value in swinging that big boat of a cabinet around.


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#2 posted 09-23-2013 02:26 PM

Could you fur out the wall from the concrete stemwall up to the height of the cabinet? Then you could whack the toekick off the cabinet (usually not a difficult thing to do) and attach the cabinet to that furred out wall. You could then sweep under it and let the water head that way as it is wont to do.

Cost of materials would not come close to the cost of casters to support the weight you’ve got there.

If you’re stuck on wheels, I’d recommend fixed in back and the front. Cheaper, and adequate to the task of moving it to clean.



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#3 posted 09-23-2013 04:06 PM

When I built my miter saw station, I used swivel casters all around with brakes on the front ones. You never know when you will need to get behind it! :-)

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 09:20 PM

Assuming the kitchen base cabinet is 35-1/4” high(without top) and 25” deep with a 3-1/4” kick space at the bottom; the first thing I would do is to remove the kick space; than build a frame from 2×4’s; the frame being 10’ long x 20” wide with the 3-1/2” dimension vertical. Use short pieces of 2×4 spaced about 24” apart along the 10’ length. Remount the cut-down cabinet, centering it on the frame. Attach (4) swivel casters to the corners of the frame. You may have to mount them up inside the frame so the cabinet doesn’t get too tall. Use 4” diameter casters with swivel and wheel locks on the front and non-locking casters on the back. Use casters with either a hard rubber or phenolic wheel material and a capacity of 150# each. Don’t use more than 4 casters; more will result in a bench that will rock from side to side.

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 02:12 AM

Thanks for the replies.
I didn’t think about the bench rocking with more than 4 casters. I like the idea of a frame with 4 casters in the corners. The base is only 20 inches wide and 28.5 high with out the toe kick so I have room to play with. My only worry is that the 2×4 may sag in the middle.

-- Woodify ~~

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