Flip top planer cabinet with offset pivot

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Project by doitforfun posted 10-16-2014 10:53 AM 3293 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a flip top planer cabinet as part of a larger shop reorganization project. The criteria were that when stored, the top of the cabinet would be the same elevation as the rest of the tables so as to serve as infeed and outfeed for other tools; and that the planer itself would swing out away from the wall so that long material could make it out the garage door. Hence the offset pivot. The planer itself, when up and open, is also at the same working elevation as the rest of the shop surfaces.

The pivot is a 1” oak dowel, the cabinet is made of cheap pine ply from the home despot and the other pieces are tubafors I milled to fit the various height requirements. The hinges are heavy duty ball bearing door hinges i picked up at work. Obviously since the weight of the planer is offset, the cabinet is permanently installed and not rolling. I’m very pleased with the outcome. It’s very, very sturdy.

Here’s a video of me opening and closing it.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 01:42 PM

Genius, I tell ya! That’s a great idea.

-- -Todd

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 02:49 PM

Looks Good!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 03:23 PM


Thanks for posting this. I’ve been thinking about this type of a solution for a long time (a single height workspace that combines jointer, planer, mitre saw, etc) and this is a unique solution I hadn’t considered. LOVE IT.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 03:58 PM

Yeah, I think it’s going to work out well. Table saw is next. It’s temporarily shimmed up to the correct height but I’m building a new base for it. Then finally a new workbench that will incorporate some great ideas found here.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 04:17 PM

All I can say Brian is WOW!
I am always amazed at how clever wood workers are.
You raised the bar on this one…..........or maybe I should say raised the planer? :)

Thanks for sharing,


-- Chem, Central California

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 08:10 PM

Home Despot… Haha. I don’t know if that was a typo, but either way, it is hilarious.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 08:27 PM

Not a typo. LOL

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#8 posted 10-16-2014 08:54 PM

Now that is great thinking! What a super solution to a standard sort of problem encountered by many of us. Thanks for sharing and the video too.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 10-18-2014 11:53 AM

I like this version, I think it would work for me in my shop, thanks for sharing.

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