On my old system I built a shelf and swing out trays to hold the plasma cutter and computer system.
On this new plasma table I did not think the swing out system was going to work quite as well.
This table is not mobile like the last so the design had to change a little.
I searched the forums and google images for picturs of what other people had done to hold their plasma cutters and computers. I saw some pretty cool ideas. One that I liked the best was using a tool cart and modifying it to hold everthing.
I got some of the ideas for my cart from this. I liked the idea of having it mobile so that I could move it around and be able to slide it under the table when not in use to save space.
One of the cool ideas I saw had a flip up monitor on the lid of the tool cart. I really liked that and had to incorporate that into my build.
Because I wanted everything to slide under the table when not in use I had to conform to some pretty specific dimensions so the hope of buying an off the shelf unit or even doing a little modification to an off the shelf unit went out the window. So I went fully custom and this is what I came up with.
This is still not the complete finished version but this is where we are headed in the following photos.
I started by measuring all of the items I wanted to fit gave myself a little fudge factor and built a basic frame. I set the wheels as far up into the frame as I could to lover the overall height of the cart. The design is a little wider than I needed but it will make use of the space between the legs and leave room for expansion and allow the units to have some air flow.
I added some sheet metal 16G panels to the top and the bottom shelf.
I made the top panel easily removable to allow me to access the bracket the holds the monitor on.
The monitor screws in from the back which made a bit of a design problem.
I wish the screws were not there but I had to make a decision on how to make it easy to install the monitor and allow for upgrades and changes in the future.
I purchased a set of Heavy Duty drawer slides from Lowes for my slide out keyboard tray.
All the sheet metal is 16G. The main frame is 2” square .095 and 1” square .095 with 1/2” square .065 supports.
The rails on the keyboard tray are 1x2” .095 tube.
I used 1/8 plate for the caster support plates.
Yes its over kill for what it is going to do. I had a bunch of scrap lengths of .095 laying around and though why not.