Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet #4: You're getting warmer

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Blog entry by newTim posted 06-07-2011 06:08 AM 2015 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a workable solution until I found better parts. More on that in the next entry. This one, however, was over thought, over engineered, and not quite there. Since I couldn’t find a taller nut I decided to try to get by with a square nut buried in layers of plywood. I set up a template on the drill press to make matching holes and squared one up for each wheel to receive the nut. While it ended up working the weight of the cabinet was too great to keep the wheels perpendicular so it was hard to dial in the height and the table/cabinet was a little shaky. Fortunately, I ended up finding the exact parts to do the job, but not before installing these.

-- tim hill

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

It seems that to combine rolling/easily adjustable leveling/locking into a single unit is very difficult.

Might I suggest contemplating some other approaches that separate the rolling/locking system from the easy leveling system.

One idea I had was to attach the wheels like you normally would, but make the top adjustable. The top would sit in some guides and leveling feet would raise it from the cabinet base. Once adjusted a clamping mechanism would squeeze the guides securing the top to the base.

Another idea is to use standard leveling feet and devise a carriage that you attach the casters to. The carriage would be lowered (in turn raising the leveling feet off the ground) so you could move it around.

Of course this is your project so the direction is up to you. I don’t want to hijack your discovery process so if any of those ideas appeal to you I found some more concrete examples of them and can share them if you like.

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