|Project by doitforfun||posted 10-16-2014 10:53 AM||3362 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
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. http://youtu.be/kOSu3mbRVTg
-- Brian in Wantagh, NY