CONNECTICUT - Brian Way, a custom cabinet and millwork installer specializing in commercial projects, often has jobs requiring him and his team to work over a large space. Sometimes those jobs need special solutions.
One job - a hospital project - had his team installing trim in long corridors. Faced between forcing his team to walk great distances to use the cutting station or breaking the station down multiple times a day, Way engineered a wheeled plywood base for the station.
Way stiffened the back edge of the base with a vertical rip of plywood and put the center wheel at the front - allowing the plywood to ride over humps in the floor. Way also added five rubber casters - two on each end and one in the middle - that provide enough resistance to avoid having to lock them while using the saw.
The base also features a small air compressor, safety cones required when working in hospitals, and a dust collector, with room to spare. The dust collector is held by a cradle, and the trash bin pivots out for better access.
Way says he builds different version on the cart, varying by the job. He says they can be built in as little as 30 minutes using just five casters and a half sheet of plywood.
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