Make 1, Week 1
Over the 4th of July holiday, I learned my way around SketchUp and got interested in building something. Our garage has an attached addition that I recently reorganized after selling my brewer equipment. I had about 100 square feet open and thought about gathering my tools and making a little workshop. I thought a small workbench would be a nice place to start.
A couple years ago I bought a portable table saw to do laminate flooring. I’m sure I figured I’d use it for all sorts of things, but really I spent the following years just moving it around the garage.
The table has a short outfeed, which made it a hassle to set up and use. So, I thought it would be nice if my workbench could serve as an outfeed table for this saw. That gave me the idea of putting it on wheels. If it was on wheels, I could configure this small workshop how I wanted, or bring it out into the garage or driveway. Given I have a small space, being able to stage things seemed a good way to maximize this space.
I found these wheels on Amazon that lift. When they’re in the down position, the table sits on boards, when pressed down, they roll. These are nice big casters that glide the table around nicely. They’re expensive, and not as strong as regular bottom casters, but they work and the table is fully stable when down, which isn’t possible even with wheel locks.
The cart is made of 2x4s and plywood.
I’m probably going to replace the top of this cart. I want to extend the top further to one side to add a vice and holes for bench dogs. I’ll probably just put on a new top and see if that holds. Or I might rebuild and do a frame for the vice.
Also, the cart should be shorter. I only gave myself a 1/2 inch between my saw table and the top of this cart. If everything isn’t perfectly level, there isn’t a smooth outfeed from my saw. I may remove the wheels and shorten the legs an inch. Also, I’ve since purchased the extension kits for the Bosch saw, so that makes a table less necessary.
I’m not in love with these casters. I keep bumping into them with my feet and shins. They also stick out and keep the table from going right up against the wall. They roll really well and it is nice to have a stable surface when they’re down. On my new carts I’m making, I’m switching to using two locking swivel casters and two wooden legs. Sort of like a wheel barrow. I’m hoping this will be more stable than four wheels, but still mobile to move around. Plus it will be much cheaper building.