Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet #2: Don't do this!

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Blog entry by newTim posted 06-03-2011 06:52 AM 2246 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Part 2 of Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet series Part 3: Don't be tempted »

As promised here is failure number one. I saw these brackets in the wood store and thought I could adapt them to accept a 1/2” bolt, which they did. The problem is the metal is merely bent into an L shape to form a small shelf. It is not welded in place. When a neighbor helped me to set the cabinet on the floor the brackets splayed out and the cabinet box immediately sat on the floor. I didn’t really like the look of it anyway being on the outside and all. So the lesson here is don’t do this.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 07:10 AM

Tim, are these from Harbor Freight? They look like a set I got from them a while for a mobile cart I made for a friend. I told him the weight limit but he didn’t heed the warning. They work great for light weight tables.

-- John

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 07:19 AM

Actually I got them from Woodcraft. It is not anyone’s fault but my own though. They probably work okay for their intended purpose. The bottom picture shows how the weight of the table presses down on the inside of the wheel pushing it outward. The brackets come with round feet that are in line with the bolt and likely wouldn’t slide outward anyway. My adaptation was a failure, and it didn’t look good. Other than that it was a waste of money. :)

-- tim hill

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 07:34 AM

OK, the bracket that’s connected directly to the leg is not original to the caster. Well, at least now you know what not to do. BTW, nice boxes!

-- John

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 08:23 AM

Back in school, I had the privilege of taking a class taught by Randy Pausch (The late professor famous for his Last Lecture). One of his motto’s was “You could always tell the pioneers by the arrows in their backs”.

Keep forging ahead! Set backs are a part of making discoveries.

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