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Project by hotncold posted 05-15-2014 06:34 PM 2043 views 26 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to store my bench top planer under the infeed wings of my miter saw station so I built this version of another of those “flip top” stands. I laminated 2 pieces of 3/4 plywood for the sides and the top giving it a really “beefy” feel. I used a 1” x 25” fan shaft for the pivot rod and barrel bolts to secure the top in place. It is edge banded with some 3/4” pine and finished with several coats of wipe on poly.
Since there is nothing mounted as a counter-weight I expected it to be a little heavy to rotate but I was pleasantly surprised. Not too difficult.
Now I can simply pull it out when I need it and when I’m not using the planer, it resides in formerly unused floor space.
Thanks.

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!





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Underdog

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 07:56 PM

I’ve got the wheels. I’ve got the plywood. I’ve got the planer. I’ve got the rod…

Now I just need the gumption and the time.

Nice build on this. What’d you use for the pivot rod?

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 09:26 PM

Great looking stand. Where did you get 1” x 25” fan shaft? Also, how solid is the lock up with barrel bolts? Thanks for the post.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 09:55 PM

great looking stand. How do you like your steel city planer (with the helix cutter?)

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Bob Current

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 11:07 PM

Dennie,
Nice build, I like the 6/4 plywood. I also wonder where you got the fan shaft.
Bob

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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J Azuma

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#5 posted 05-16-2014 01:22 AM

Very Nice!

-- J Azuma

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hotncold

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#6 posted 05-16-2014 03:23 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments -
The pivot rod is a 1” x 25” (long) steel shaft that is commonly used on blowers, etc. I believe a 3/4” shaft would work just as well but I had the 1” already. They are available at most HVAC wholesalers or at Grainger.
Many people have mounted bearings of some sort (pillow block or flange type) but no more than this will be turning (and certainly not at any “speed”), I just drilled 1” holes in the sides and it works great.
As for the barrel bolts, you have to be sure to first make sure the top is level and then use care when drilling the holes for proper alignment. This one is rock solid with absolutely no movement. In fact, I have to “wiggle” the top to get them to disengage.
Thanks everyone!
Oh yeah…I’ve got no complaints with the Steel City planer. If you can get by with only a 13” capacity, this one is great.

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 05-16-2014 08:42 AM

Nice work, I built one like this from plans a few years ago and love it. I have a 12 inch miter and a Dewalt on mine. I used four knobs one in each corner that once tightened it prevents racking… Great job on yours.

Flip stand These pics have old miter in it

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 05-16-2014 10:28 AM

Nice job.
One of these is on my to-do-very-soon list. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Jeff_in_KCMO

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#9 posted 05-16-2014 03:56 PM

does the rod go all the way through the board the planer is sitting on? if so, how did you do that?

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hotncold

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#10 posted 05-17-2014 12:26 AM

Jeff_in KCMO – The 1” shaft goes all the way through the top. I used a 1” diameter round nose core box bit (like this) and router to cut a 1” diameter x 1/2” deep groove in both pieces before laminating them together. I laid the shaft in the grooves before laminating the two pieces together to ensure alignment. Looks more difficult than it is.
Thanks

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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Roger

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#11 posted 05-22-2014 01:53 PM

This is super nice Dennie. I’ve been thinking of doing this same kinda setup. If I do, I may mount my scroll saw on the other side of it….....possibly

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 05-22-2014 02:02 PM

Nice work. This will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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