Having one’s tools on wheels, providing mobility in the work shop is great. Have a double duty station that is not only mobile but helps you gain back valuable bench space… now that’s the “cat’s meow.”
The drill currently sits on the work bench while the planer is on a make-shift rolling cart
I’ve seen here on LJ and on You Tube these flip tables. But better yet, Hank, a local wood worker has one I’ve seen in person and I certainly see how helpful it is. If you are interested in seeing Hank’s you-tube on his flip table (as only Hank can do it)… Hank has a great, off beat style of humor.
So decided I would start by building the table. I was going to build a table with a 2×4 frame and inside supports (I think real wood workers call them “stringers??”) Something like this.
However after learning the Rockwell/Homecraft drill weighs in at 98 pounds,
and the planer at 73;
I thought I might better have the table rest on the frame rather be inset.
I did some research on the drill (which had been my dad’s and have learned that this unit was built back in the late 40’s – early 50’s. I know it was old, but I was not thinking THAT old.
I got to work at cutting and planning the boards
I then used a Forstner bit and drilled out the holes that the metal conduit pipe will go through so the table can flip.
And my Biscuit Joiner to build the frame and join the 2×4 supports (stringers???).
Since the frame was cut down to 1.5 and 1.5 (this was one of those “design on the fly” things I often do, only to then say “Why Did I Do That”) The biscuit cuts through the end of the board.
I used my table saw and fence to help with clamping.
This shows the finished frame with the pipe inserted
I then screwed down my decking on both sides and glued down a piece of 1/4” Melamine. I used Melamine on the rebuild of my Radial Arm saw and like the look. It brightens the shops PLUS one can write on it “pick up milk and eggs , and cuts next pieces 2 5/8..” and then wipe it off. I have 5 bags of sand weighing down. Each bag is about 35#.
The next day I trimmed of the excess and made the table flush with the frame.
Phase one done. On to phase two – after baking 40 banana breads for Christmas.