Phase 3 of the Flip Table
Todays’ phase of the project started out to simply add a floor and some wheels, but I also decided to make it a little beefier.
Adding the floor:
On the side I consider to be the front of the flip table, I put a support piece behind the front legs. I did this to have a little more foot room and allow me to get closer to the table (wife’s idea.) Smart gal!
I cut the ¾ plywood just a little larger than needed. I used my jig saw to trim off the un-needed board around the front legs and then used my router sporting a ½ inches x 2 inch flush bit to “pretty up” the entire bottom.
While the Jig Saw made fast work of this cut, was it a needed step, OR could I have just used my router to cut out this piece? My thought was that it would be too much to ask of the router, but since I’m new to routers – I’m not sure.
Wheels on, time to flip it over!
Now is the time to begin determining where to place the planer and drill on the table top. While doing the prep work for this next step, I was once again reminded of just how much these tools weigh. The planer is 73 pounds. This weight is pretty evenly distributed. However, the 1940 – 1950 drill press… it’s an anchor; made of steel and cast iron. This puppy weighs in at just under 100 pounds. I’ve decided to add two more vertical supports, one on both sides, directly under the pivot point of the table.
More Questions – Major Concern – Need some LJ Input!
My concern is the weight of this drill and the best way to attack it to the table.
The drill press has a cast iron base with three ¼ inch mounting holes. One hole is in the back and two are up front. I’m sure these are prefect for mounting to a stationary table. BUT, since my table will rotate AND this unit will be hanging upside down much of the time… I’m concerned that the weight and gravity will pull it off the table.
Tell me if you think my idea will work or suggest something that you would do.
1) I was going to use lags but when I saw the hole size is only ¼ inch, I’m thinking that I will drill a 3/8 holes 2.5 inches into the table and use two threaded inserts per hole. (The table is framed 2×4 and ½ decking.) These 3/8 inserts are ½ in length will hold a ¼ machine screw. I will drive one insert to the bottom of the hole and the second one about half way into the hole. This will give each of the three screws two inserts to hold onto.
2) My other thought is to mount the drill press to an oversized, solid piece of wood and then mount that to the table using a minimum of four or six 3/8 lags.