Small Projects #31: Rolling Printer Stand

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 05-08-2020 05:06 PM 490 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Most of the “stands” I create are simple 2X4 & ply creations and this is no exception. However this is one is for our home office and needed to be a little less Spartan.

Its the exact height of the computer table – and rolls!

The printer is an hp all-in-one with scanner and such. Because of this it needs a minimum 18” height when the scan lid is open. I mad the shelf 20” to give some clearance.

The raw 2×4s were planed down to 1-1/4 to remove the grade marks and other dings and dents. They were ripped to 3-1/4”, flipped & reripped to 3” even.

The sides were routed with a bead to mute the 2×4ness. The bottoms were beveled at a 45°, 3/8” or so (eyeballed until it looked “right”). The front edges of the ply are trimmed. The shelf trim covers the 15/32” dados.

Shelf trim and leg detail.

Speaking of dados, these were all cut on the TS and the Incra M1000 miter gauge and flip stop fence made cutting a perfect 15/32” dado trivial. No rap-tapping or tweaking. I cut it dead-on the first try.

No slop in that joint!

Casters with plates are a PITA to mount so I opted for the screw stem casters. After center marking the center of the bottom of the legs I piloted a nice, deep, 5/16” hole in each leg, much deeper than the caster stem. The brad point gave me a precise start point. With the leg clamped to the fence and the drill having a built in level the holes were quickly and accurately drilled.

Placing the 3/8-16 tap in the battery VSR drill cut the threads in moments. I ran two passes on the tap, one to cut, one to clear and the casters threaded in evenly and snugly. All four 2” casters swivel and the cart rolls very easily.

Excuse the sloppy staining, I don’t do a lot of it.

I like to “reverse miter” the top trim. This softens the corner and looks nice to me.

Reverse miter corner is less apt to gouge.

The dado joints lock the legs to the shelf in both directions making wracking unlikely and giving stability without braces.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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