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moving cabinets around in shop11/5
i wonder what people use as runners under the cabinets while pushing them around in shop without damaging the toekicks.
Four squares of toekick material stapled to the corners of the bottom of the cab.
Tack glides on every box.
Invest in some conveyors from the numerous auction sites. I bought some a good while back. I got it so cheap, I gave half of it away to a guy at the same auction, to help me load what I wanted. Pretty good mileage from a very reasonable investment.
I use tack glides also. I like the plastic/nylon ones better that the metal ones. I'm sliding on bare concret.
What about a bunch of cheap castors screwed to the bottom of some 2x4's.
Just make some cheap carts.
I use leg levelers, so the base that you pound the legs in to already work to let you drag a box around.
Ditto what Jeff said, the sockets for the levelers work perfect for moving cabinets, keeps them off the floor approx. 1''.
I made a bunch of carts. Using a sheet of MDF I cut it up into 4 rectangles and then put a pair of 2x4's on the long sides. Then put castors on the 2x4's. I can fit 2 smaller cabs on each one or one longer cabinet. I can stack a few cabs on top of each other on the carts too. I use them when I am in the spray room too.
I bought several furniture dollies on sale for about $15.00 ea. Off the assembly table onto dollies till we roll them into the trailer. Dont have to lift them again till we get to the jobsite.
If you live near a Harbor Freight, they have an 18x24 carpet covered furnature dolly with rubber wheels that they put on sale for about $12. (normally about 18) You can't buy 4 casters for that. I use them in the shop and even leave the cabinets on them at the job until I install them.
Thank you all for responding
All responds make a lot of sense. however my dilemma is more that we are a showcase manufacturer and the base cabinet makes multiple stops in various departments, for instance A) the cabinet is built now it goes to station B) the glass modular is getting secured before approaching station C) which is the electrical and from there to station D) securing the top glass, now its being pushed on to Roller for cleaning, place the right size glass shelves and doors E) crating and out the door. Now, at stations B,C,D it can not sit on rollers neither on dollies while its being worked on, and to be busy taking it of and on is also no good. For now we are stapling on 2 strips ¼” MDF x ¾” wide to the bottom length of the case to slide the around in shop and we ship the case that way so the cabinet does not get damaged when it get to the destination, I thought that there might be something more professional out there
Why not build custom pallets that ride on roller conveyors? These could be as elaborateor as simple as you need but can be designed so that while the cabinet is on the pallet you have access to everything you need. At the end of the line, the cabinet is shipped and the pallet is stacked in the appropriate spot. Once you have a stack, someone (during the course of their other duties of course) runs the stack back to the start of the line.
I use Sea444 method for moving items around. Strips (glides) have to be attached so as not to damage the floor at there future destination. Furniture glides might fit your needs.
ditto what leo said. same height as work bench. stays on the cart right to the back of the truck. i am due for some new karts so i`m going to make a few 7' long this time and a few 36". using karts like this i`m able to take 2-3'x6-8' cabs off my benches for paint and move them around myself.
For sliding cabinets around the concrete shop floor, I just nail or staple on narrow strips of scrap 3/4" ply,(1-2" x 20"), along the bottom of the gable ends. I do this at the same time I attach the backs. Use short nails and you can pull them off by hand.
If you let the scraps extent beyond the width and length of the gables, you can tilt, turn and swing the cabinet without any damage.
Kicks are left off, until delivery.