Flip Table ALMOST done!
So now that I have the flip table constructed… now the scary part…. actually attaching the heavy tools and trusting God that the table will hold them!!!
I added two threaded inserts over top of the pole and screwed down two bolts to prevent the pole from moving when I flip the table.
Learning from my friend “Hank”: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=beachside%20hank&sm=12,
I need to find the center of the mass (weight) and not the center of the tool. I used a dowel under the tool and rolled back and forth till I found the balance point. Now in my case, my Ridgid planer is rather well balanced. The weight is evenly distributed; therefore the center of the unit is also the balance point.
I’ve used tape to mark this and also drew pencil mars on my table to help me align the planer.
I then further developed (fine-tuned) the pivot point by removing my pin locking system and seeing if the table stayed relatively even.
Put the pin back in, move the planer ever so little and remove the pin again. After a few adjustment, I was satisfied, marked the spots for the 3/8×3.5 lag screws. I drilled my pilot, added a washer and little glue to the treads and drove those bad boys down! 70 plus pounds now sitting atop the table; time to add the drill press.
If you’ve been following this blog, this drill is from the late 40’s early 50’s and weights right at 100 pound. The weight in it is not evenly distributed, so finding the center mass will not be the middle of the unit. With as often as I have moved this drill during the making of this table, I have come to learn that a vast majority of the weight is in the motor.
At this time, you can see I only have the drill sitting on the table (planer now on the bottom) but I’ve not mounted the drill. Reason! I’m going to clean this drill. I don’t plan a restore per say, but will get the rust off and lube the moving parts so I can raise and lower the drill and table without fighting it as I do now. I may also replace the anchor (I mean motor) with a newer, less heavy one. Time will tell. Once this is done, I’ll mount and make one final posting of the project.