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    Cart with wheels for my enlarger

    I just picked up a brand new, never assembled Beseler 23CII-XL. For the time being (next several years), it's going to live on some kind of cart with wheels so I can roll it into my bathroom. So, what kind of affordable yet sturdy carts are out there. I'm in the US, so something I could pick up at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Ikea, etc. would be preferred. Anything good out there of the right height for an enlarger? A bottom shelf where I could stash misc stuff would be cool too.

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    I had a cart from Ikea that was more or less one of those "chef's carts"- the metal tube legs with wire rack shelves. I used to keep a Beseler 23C on it and roll it in and out of the bathroom. It was tall enough to store my 16x20 Nova slot processor on the bottom shelf. I don't know that Ikea still makes such a beast, but you could try Home Depot, Lowes or The Container Store and see if they have something similar.

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    A TV cart

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    I use a projection cart that I bought some years ago. It has one lower shelf
    and a row of electrical outlets at one end. It's made of black PVC (or something
    similar) with metal wheels. It's perfect for my 23C. The timer and other stuff
    go on the lower shelf.

    Projection carts are probably not so easy to find these days. I got mine at an
    office supply store back in the 90s.

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    One thing to check is that it is low enough to roll the enlarger through the bathroom doorway.

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    I had my very tall Beseler 45VXL on a wood TV cart on wheels, when I lived in a 2 BR apartment! Never a problem with vibrations, etc.

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    A rolling microwave cart or artist's taboret http://www.dickblick.com/categories/taborets/. These usually come with drawers, shelves, pegboard, racks and such.
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    I built my cart for my Omega D6 using the modular steel shelving available from Storables.

    Here is a link to their website:

    http://www.storables.com/Shop/Shelving/Steel-Shelving/

    They will cut the vertical posts to length for you (in the stores) for no charge.

    Not cheap, but very adaptable, and very strong! And compatible with our kitchen shelving too!

    Previously, I used a microwave cart from Target for my Beseler 67, as described (see posts #8 and following) here:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum47/6...nevitable.html.

    That cart works well for my Beseler 67, and most likely is large and strong enough to work for yours too.

    Matt

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    I use a rolling tool chest from Sears. Very sturdy and solid. It's just the right height, and the enlarger baseboard fits perfectly on top. Plenty of drawers to store darkroom bits in as well. The tool chest has has a black glossy finish; in appearance it matches the enlarger really well -- it almost looks as if if were made for my 23C!

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    When I had that situation, I used a rolling typewriter table. The top was smaller than the baseboard, so I put an extra set of rubber feet on the baseboard, so that it could sit squarely on the table. It slipped perfectly over the commode.
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