Originally Posted by Harry
What are you intending to use the cart for?
Originally Posted by router-jim
Roland, could you also tell us the length and width of the wing.
Principally, this cart will be my CMS workstation. It ties into the modular tool system I've been designing to be the backbone of my shop. The system is kind of reminiscent of the one that appeared in WOOD last fall, though the work on my design actually predated that article and has some notable divergences from it. The basic design philosophy, however, is much the same: bench tools fastened on bases that can be mounted to workbenches or carts and stored away on a shelf system when not in use. I have a number of workstations in various stages of planning, each having its own primary function but able to flexibly serve in other capacities as the need arises.
So, while this will be my compound mitering station, sitting next to and offer mutual support to my RAS station (still being planned), I'd like it to serve as a station for my lunchbox planer, an infeed table for my TS, an assembly & glue up table and as a general workbench. The cart stands 36" high and has a 21" x 24" top. In actual fact there will be two wings (though my original message suggests just one), each 24" wide and 28" long. The top and wings are of 1" beech.
When in mitering station configuration, my CMS on its base will be mounted to the cart's top. The wings will have removable risers and fence system much like these ones
from the Online Extra for the miter saw station in Issue 98 of ShopNotes.
In planer mode, my lunchbox planer will be mounted on the cart's top and make use of the same risers (miter fences removed) as infeed and outfeed extension tables. As a TS infeed table, a glue-up/assembly table or as a general workbench the riser fixtures will be removed. The cart has double locking casters but will soon also have feet that screw down, lifting the cart off the wheels. The legs for each wing will be similarly height-adjustable. This way, the planarity of the top and wings can all be adjusted as needed for the current role at hand.
As a general workbench, I of course don't expect to be able to hew out dovetails, pound large assemblies together, or scrub plane rough stock. I do, however, want it to be reasonably sturdy and robust.
That's all I can think of at the moment in terms of information you might need but please let me know if there's anything else I can tell you.