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Project by JasonE posted 06-19-2015 05:29 PM 1785 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time hobby woodworker, first time poster.

I got a mini lathe and a scroll saw and the were both taking way too much work bench space, so i decided to build flip top cart for them. 3/4” Plywood top(s), 1’ electrical conduit for the pivot, 2×4 & 2×6 for the sides, and some scrap wood for the bottom ‘shelves’. 2×4 legs on both front & back hold up the top. A tab in the top provides a positive stop for flipping. I hard wired a foot switch to an outlet for the scroll saw and kept the lathe outlet always on.

I have SketchUp plans if anyone is interested. I just need figure out where to post them for download.

Thanks,

- jason





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Underdog

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 07:12 PM

Nice. That’s a really sturdy looking top. And you don’t waste a lot of plywood to make the frame either. I suppose 2×4 studs are less expensive, especially if you get cut-offs from a job site.
Love the idea on the foot switch for the scroll saw too. I have one I used temporarily on the lathe when the switch went out. Never thought of using it on the scroll saw, but it makes a lot more sense than using it on the lathe. And I’m definitely putting the scroll saw on the flip top I’m (hopefully) making tomorrow….

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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JasonE

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 07:37 PM

Yes, I priced out plywood and it would of put me over my budget for this project.
Day job is IT so I just picked up some studs at the big box store.

I forgot to mention in my first post, I also put it on retractable wheels.
designed like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HENMh1FWtj0
I had to use 3/4 wood instead of 2×6 like he did, I did not have enough room. Once both tool were mounted I needed to put a levers on each side to push the wheels all the way down. This thing is heavy.

I chose to dismantle the foot pedal and hard wire the romex in, that way the only one 3 conductor plus ground romex had to go up & through the conduit to the top.

I tried to use as much scarp wood from the shop as possible for this.

The top is 36” wide, not including the tabs by 40” long.
I built it like a torsion box, 3/4 plywood top & bottom with 1 1/16 wide left over strips on the inside.

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 07:41 PM

I’d like the sketch-up plans if you have them handy? Great idea and I certainly need the space too.
Mike

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JasonE

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 08:05 PM

Sure, the plans are designed around the height my tools:
- lathe – Rockler Excelsior Mini Lathe
- Scroll Saw – Delta 40-680 P-20

Put something on the tops in sketchup that matches your tools. You’ll see in my plans I created a rough scroll saw that matched the important dimensions of my P20. I found a lathe in the warehouse. I put a cross hair on the conduit so i can rotate the top and look for issues. The other reason for the tabs besides the support it provides is to prevent me from rotating it the wrong way. The scroll saw bed would hit the bottom of the stand.

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Cheers
Jason

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#5 posted 06-20-2015 01:08 AM

Jason,

Noticed your Delta Scroll saw. I rehabbed a 40-680 V2. didn’t work for me but the people who bought it managed it like a jet plane. LOL!

Nice shop project. Efficient.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 06-20-2015 01:24 AM


Jason,

Noticed your Delta Scroll saw. I rehabbed a 40-680 V2. didn t work for me but the people who bought it managed it like a jet plane. LOL!

Nice shop project. Efficient.

- DocSavage45

Yeah I bought it on craigslist. The seller’s father had used it, it’s in great shape. I have only used it a few times myself but it works great.
Thanks.

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#7 posted 06-22-2015 05:42 PM

Love the retractable wheels idea. I’ve been wanting to make a retractable foot to do the same thing.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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