Flip Top Planer Cart

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Project by Notw posted 08-28-2014 02:24 PM 3832 views 18 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Flip top planer cart made out of 2×4’s from BORG and 3/4” plywood. The top swivels on a 1/2” full length steel rod that is kept from moving with fender washers and cotter pins. Thanks to Chris who provided me with the original plans from Small Shop Solutions issue that I quickly redesigned in order to fit my application.

I went with the 2×4 structure as opposed to the plywood as shown in the plans because I needed the bottom to be open in order to have clearance for my planer and still be short enough to fit under the side wing of my table saw. Thanks to MT_Stringer for the idea of using 2×4’s instead of the plywood shown in the plans.

The base 2×4’s were squared on the table saw and then run through the planer, the vertical post and horizontal sides are laminated 2×4’s and all the joints are mortise and tenon. Making the dual mortise and tenons for the bottom laminated 2×4’s was especially fun.

The planer is bolted to the top using 3/8” bolts and all the nuts and bolt heads on the opposite side are recessed so I have a flat surface. I may build a flip over top so it have be used as an outfeed table when the planer is not in use, but thats another project for another time. Flipping it for the first time was a little nerve racking but it flips smoothly even without another tool on the other side and feels very stable and secure in either position. And my back definitely prefers this to me lifting it from off the ground to the side bench every time I needed to use the planer.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 03:29 PM

job well done

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 11:25 PM

nice work – I like it. and need it. and will maybe poach it.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 01:09 AM

Looks awesome, Great space saver.

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 02:15 AM

That is really cool. I like your take on it to meet your needs. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 02:24 AM

Your flipper turned out nice. Thanks for the mention.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 01:30 PM

Man that is nice! I like the 2×4 construction … looks sturdy and functional. Congrats and I am glad I could help.

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 08:30 PM

Do you by any chance still have access to the plans for this? Looks Great!!!

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