Looking into the possibility of designing a custom espresso cart if we end up successfully bidding on a contract locally. Total area is 20' long by about 8' deep. Thinking about a refrigerated cabinet to hold beverages, along with two to four carts for: Espresso machine & Grinders, pastry display and register, washing station, and condiment cart.
Of all these, the espresso cart height is something I want to factor in early. Thinking about using 3/4" plywood for the base and side panels with 5" casters, but instead of building custom interior cabinetry, I was thinking about using the melamine base cabinets from IKEA. They're affordable and they have some sharp-looking door panels. The base cabinets are 30 3/8" high. Pair that with a laminated countertop at 1 1/2" and that gives a total counter height of 37 1/4" on which to place the espresso machine.
How problematic is that height? Is there a better or preferred height?
Also, any suggestions on features or anything related to cart operations will also be appreciated.
Jay Caragay - IATSE 487
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