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Old 12-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Need your advice.

A while ago I posted about 7 Quart KA I got from work.
Fortunately for me it is an awesome machine. Unfortunatelly I have no place to put it and to keep it.
Fortunately we had a conversation here about cart/tables which gave me an idea to use one for myself to put my KA on it. Unfortunatelly the ones I found were extremely expensive.
Fortunately I found this metal wire-rack (picture below) cart in Samís club for only $50 bucks, ok fine $52. Unfortunatelly the wire rack doesnít seem to be a good table top.
Fortunately I have a table saw and I cut this piece of oak plywood (picture below) to make it into table top. Unfortunately, I do not know if this is good enough as it is.
Few, finally I came to the advice part. What do you think, is this thick enough? I could double or even triple the thickness by cutting more pieces and gluing them together. Also should I finish this with some sort of lacquer or just rub some mineral oil on and be done with it? I donít think I am going to use the KA on the cart, just not stable enough with the wheels on and there is no outlet nearby anyways. I would just put on the countertop for the time I work with it.

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Old 12-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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A thicker top would be nice. I like the idea of laminating the plywood together. In addition to that, I would secure the top to the cart using some fender washers and wood screws from the bottom. If you have a router make a nice rounded edge too.

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Old 12-20-2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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Looks good to me. So long as your not mixing on it It will be fine. If you do use it to mix on I would block it somehow to keep it from "walking".
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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I'd rub it down with boiled linseed oil. That puts a real nice finish on oak. You can find it at a hardware store.
And I think one layer is enough considering the stability of the rest of the cart. Any thicker and you might as well put some table legs on it and make it permanent.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Yes I am going to secure the top whith screws I have the brakets for the undernise to hold inbetween two wires and the screw in the midle. I do have router, but I hate using it. Always gives me trouble. I did send the edges so they are not sharp.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:37 PM   #6
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If that plywood is 5/8 or greater, and it lays flat on the grid, both of which appear ao be accurate from your photo, you will be fine. Oak plywood absorbs a lot of finish, so I would give it a couple or more coats of whatever. There are several versions of wipe on finishes that claim to be one coat to be found at the local big box.

Whatever you do to the top you should do to the bottom and the edges should be covered.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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It is the 3/4 plywood, of corse it is a bit thiner.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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If all you are using the cart for is to move the mixer around, Stop. You're done. I don't think you even needed the wood top.

Of course, the wood looks better and may make the cart more stable. Since yu have the wood top, you definitely should protect it. Not sure you need more stability just to roll the mixer around. I guess you could roll it to a part of the kitchen where there is an outlet and leave it on the cart while mixing.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:01 PM   #9
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Andy, I have not tried it yet, but I just think it is not going to be very stable. Ok, of i go to store to get some finish product.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:14 PM   #10
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Nice looking plywood. Too bad you did not cap the raw edges with molding; but you could still do that if you added a second (top) layer of plywood. I like to seal with Varathane semi gloss oil based varnish because it adds a little amber glow to the wood.
With respect to fastening, 40 Cal's idea sounds good but I'd use 6 stainless 1/4" carriage or countersunk bolts with fender washers to secure to the carts wire shelf.
You might also want to stiffen up the cart by adding a sheet of plywood on top of the bottom shelf.
I also have an aversion to routers.
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