|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 06-15-2010 02:30 AM||8185 views||33 times favorited||30 comments|
I set out to build a version of this for my planer. The trouble is that I wanted the closed table to fit under my table saw out of the way when not in use. If I put the planer on a short enough table to fit under the saw, it would not sit high enough to use the table saw as an outfeed table for the planer. So…. I went to plan B. I decided to keep the planer on top of the cabinet where my miter saw was mounted, and put the miter saw on the flip-top stand.
The “axle” is 1/2” steel rod sandwiched between layers of 3/4” plywood. It is surrounded by 1/2” plywood to complete the sandwich. I included a few process photos to hopefully make it clear how this was built. I used LOTS of screws and glue to make sure this thing stays together. The end result is that the top is a full 2” thick, which means I could screw down the miter saw and still maintain a smooth surface on the reverse side.
The top has 1/4-20 threaded inserts to accept the knobs on each side that hold everything steady. The axle extends through the cabinet by about 1/2” on each side, so the blocks on either side have a partial hole drilled in them to accept the end of the rod and act as keepers so it cannot work itself out over time.
The rotating action is silky-smooth, and the whole thing is solid as a rock when the knobs are tightened down.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"