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Rolling cart or table ... thanks to the tilting top.

To handle plywood by himself, Bill North of Burbank, California, designed a rolling cart with a top that pivots into two positions. When the top is tilted down, it can hold a sheet of plywood on ba built-in lip for easy moving. When the top is horizontal, it becomes a feeder for his table saw.

Making the cart's base

The base is made from two 48-inch lengths of 2-by-4 and two 24-inch 4-by-4s. The 2-by-4s are screwed and glued into 1 1/2- by 3 1/2-inch rabbets cut in the ends of the 4-by-4s. Full-pivoting casters are screwed to each corner of the rectangle.

Two 30-inch-tall 2-by-4 uprights (held by pairs of 3/8- by 3-inch lag screws and glue) are let into 1 1/2- by 3 1/2-inch notches cut 8 inches in from one end of the 4-by-4s. The uprights are rounded and cut to align with the top of the saw. (Mr. North later put wheels on the saw, and added blocks to the bottom of the cart to raise it.)

Then comes the top

Most of the top is made of 2-by-4s. The end pieces are 38 inches long, with 1/2-inch-deep, 1 1/2-inch-wide nothces cut ino them to receive the two 42 1/2-inch sides and the center spacer.

The side pieces are set 1/2 inch in from one end and 1 1/2 inches in from the other. Glue and lag screws join the 2-by-4s. Nails and glue hold a 44 1/2-inch length of 1-by-3 (it becomes a lip to support the plywood) over the 1 1/2-inch gap at one side.

The top pivots on a 1/2-inch threaded rod that runs through the uprights and the top. Holes in the top pieces are drilled 12 inches in from the side with the 1/2-inch inset. Double washers go between the frame and upright, washers and nuts on the exposed sides of the wood.

A flat, inch-wide steel bar (to lock the cart's top horizontal) is loosely screwed to the top. Its lower end is notched to slip over a screw centered in one upright.
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