Underway again...finally #10: Re-did the casters... very early end to the day

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 11-18-2017 05:02 PM 1012 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must be the klutziest, slowest to learn woodworker on this board.

Re-mounted the casters. Had to do it twice because I went the easy way and just stuck another of those small square blocks beside the existing ones. Then, silly me, didn’t check it by spinning the caster 360 degrees and they didn’t go all the way around – just like yesterday (headsmack!!!)... Of course, I only caught my mistake AFTER removing and re-mounting a pair on one end and then moving to the other end to start the second pair.

All but threw in the screwdriver at this point but took the time to go to the Big Orange store to get some washers as a way of giving myself some distance from the problem and giving my Freudian Unconscious time to think. $4.88 plus tax for 100 washers?? [and that’s the best per unit price they had on the size I needed.] Screws and washers are going to nitpick my wallet to death (fixed income griping!)

Returned home and took a second look at the casters, the plywood corner (that I would not have constructed this way but I’m stuck with it because removing all the screws would be too time-consuming and probably very destructive to the plywood itself) and the 2 support pieces comprising the gap. (Realized I was using more square blocks and screws to cover the gap and mount the casters & blocks than necessary. Took off all the square blocks entirely replacing them with scrap 1” x 4” x 6”pieces to cover the gaps and then mounted the casters directly to that. Result – no height addition (that is, I didn’t raise the base’s surface height from the ground), the gap is covered & the plywood is supported along both wider and longer dimensions and the casters actually rotate 360 degrees like they are supposed to.

Tested it by standing on it in the middle and it rolls and is as solid as I imagine will be necessary. (My retired engineer father came out and made the comment, “You’re never going to be putting that much weight on the middle of the plywood span. It’s over-constructed!” Hmm, thanks Dad fr you uninvited opinion but too bad for you. It’s my base and I’ll live with it so long as it works.
(I thought that but was diplomatic enough to not actually say it...
I think.)

Not worth posting pics about this. Made the post as much to vent frustration as to simply update.

Made a very early end to the day for 2 reasons. It’s College Football Saturday. My back must have been strained yesterday – I’m very sore. Time for the heating pad and lots of beer.

Tomorrow is another day – Scarlett O’hara.

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#1 posted 11-19-2017 02:01 AM

Ahh John …Hey ripped off !! where is the picture of you load testing it

Hey I hauled home huge wooded pine crate from Smiths this week the planks were full of nails of which I started to removed but found I was doing more damage than it was worth trying to get them out so I left them there and cut them off flush, it will be a new roof for my mower shed.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-19-2017 03:57 AM

Np pics of me for 2 reasons… No desire to break the camera lens. Also no tripod for the smartphone, currently my only camera.

“Ripped off”, eh? I think one of your own posts advised “cutting one’s losses” as far as time, effort and results goes (could have been someone else). I’m learnin’ that that is actually a good thing to remember/do when working with pallet wood/throwaway stuff off the street. There’s so much good stuff being offered/thrown away for free, there’s regularly no real upside to spending lots of time trying to recover a board. For instance, the plywood piece I used for the mobile base has too many nails to disassemble economically and the plywood would definitely be damaged by the effort.

Today, for instance, on the way back from the run to the HD store, I passed by Lumber Liquidators (an American flooring supply store) and found they’d thrown 5- 1/4-1/2 and 3/4” x 3-4’ x 4’ pieces of plywood in their dumpster. God knows what they had been part of – no nail holes in any of them. I assume they were side pieces to some container, but that’s merely a guess.

Had I had these piece instead of the ones I picked up a couple weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t have picked what I used up based on the cost-benefits time analysis… Still, what I have used works just fine as a piece no one will see. Ain’t pretty but it’s the bottom of the mobile unit.

Ripped off, indeed? Lol!

Btw, my team(s) won today. Fingers crossed for my NFL team tomorrow.

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