Flip Top Tool Cart

  • Advertise with us
Project by squaredwobble posted 10-09-2016 09:40 PM 1599 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Soon, we’re going to be building a dedicated workshop in the backyard. So my workshop at the moment is half my garage. That means that I am limited in space. To solve this, I had multiple mobile carts carrying various tools. To use my miter saw, I’d pull the cart out and set up roller stands if I needed them. If I needed my router table, I’d pull it out of storage, set it up on a table, and attach the router. If I needed my table saw, I’d pull it out and extend the small outfeed table I attached to its mobile base. If the piece I was cutting was much larger, I would have to set up roller stands. I got tired of all the set up I had to do to make a simple cut. I searched around for a solution to have my router table set up all the time, have my miter saw set up all the time, and have my table saw set up with an outfeed table all the time, while keeping in the constraints of my half-garage workshop. I found several designs online that were pretty good, including flip top stands, but they all could not satisfy my requirements. Then I saw Ron Paulk’s work bench and how he had the his table saw at the end of the workbench as opposed to one of it’s sides. I figured I’d combine all the ideas I found and make a simple and sturdy base that would hold my router table, have my miter saw sit between the table saw and the router…on a flip top table, and have everything co-planer-ish so I can use the tops as an outfeed table for my table saw.

So now, I always have an outfeed table for my table saw with a flip of the miter saw top. Everything from the router table, table saw, and the flat side of the miter table is co-planer. The miter saw bed is actually about 1/32 above everything to help with any slight bowing of the table. The router table will be switched out sometime soon. I plan I building a motorized/manual router lift table. The Skil router table that I have now is great, but I like to make stuff so I’m going to build the router lift. I even added handles to it to make moving it around a little easier. I plan to poly the top of the flat side of the flip top with some old poly I need to get rid of.

The bad thing though is about a week or two after I finished the tool cart, I found a Craftsman 2211040 on Craigslist for cheap. So I have that saw and my tool cart in the garage and again, no space.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

10 comments so far

View Hawaiilad's profile


2896 posts in 2485 days

#1 posted 10-09-2016 11:42 PM

Great use of a small space..

-- Larry in Hawaii,

View squaredwobble's profile


15 posts in 83 days

#2 posted 10-09-2016 11:50 PM

Thanks Larry. I”m thinking about mounting my hybrid Craftsman in place of my Dewalt contractor saw. There will be a lot of modifications though…and more casters I guess. Maybe I’ll just build a whole new one. Decisions decisions.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

View BobWemm's profile


1812 posts in 1391 days

#3 posted 10-10-2016 12:59 AM

That’s the trouble with all these “Toys”. There is just never enough space.
Great job on combining the machines. Well thought out.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

View majuvla's profile


9146 posts in 2332 days

#4 posted 10-10-2016 06:58 AM

Awesome maschine set – all in one place and it’s movable! Great and practical for small workshops.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Vladimir Simendic's profile

Vladimir Simendic

28 posts in 73 days

#5 posted 10-10-2016 03:55 PM

Always happy to see something like this,nice combinations of tools in same table! Great job.

-- Vladimir , ...handcraft rules :)

View nkawtg's profile


204 posts in 716 days

#6 posted 10-10-2016 06:50 PM

Very nicely executed.

View squaredwobble's profile


15 posts in 83 days

#7 posted 10-10-2016 07:24 PM

Thanks guys. It seems I’d rather use the saw on this set up rather than my Craftsman hybrid, for ease of use. I have to pull the Craftsman out or move the car out to use it. With the mobile tool cart, I can either use it right there against the wall or pull it out a little. For dust collection for the Dewalt saw, I used a 45 degree PVC fitting that fits the dust collection port on the saw. A 2 1/2 inch hose fits in it or I just let it blow out under the cart.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

View helluvawreck's profile


23175 posts in 2331 days

#8 posted 10-10-2016 08:53 PM

It’s a very nice cart and will be a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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

View squaredwobble's profile


15 posts in 83 days

#9 posted 10-10-2016 10:48 PM

Thanks Charles. It has been a great addition. My set up time has been cut down to 1/4 amount of time or none at all. Most of the set up time now is removing stuff (scraps, hand tools, etc.) from the top of the table. The bottom of the table, the router side and table saw side, is used to store jigs and accessories.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

View JCinVA's profile


104 posts in 295 days

#10 posted 10-12-2016 04:00 AM

Well thought out design that works; what more could you ask for. Nicely done.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics