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Flip-top Workmate/Planer Cart

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Project by NickyP posted 09-25-2018 04:17 PM 1738 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many “how-to-build” photos below.

I have two areas where I do my work on my projects. My workshop is small and is where I build (drilling, sanding, constructing, etc.) while the garage is for cutting (table saw, chop saw, planer, joiner, etc.) I really needed some type of vice of some sort in the cutting area but room is limited. My old planer stand sat back-breakingly too low and I thought of the idea of making a flip cart to raise the planer height and store it when not in use and also have a place to mount my rarely used bench top workmate for the needed vise all within the confines of the precious space. Here is what I came up with.

I began the project with a sheet of 3/4 plywood, cutting the parts and putting a 5/16 inch thick band of hard maple on all the edges. I drilled the hole for the pipe and routed the notches for the locking hardware. I use pocket holes to secure the bottom and shelves to the sides.

Working on the top I centered the pipe and laid out the footprints for where the workmate and planer would go. I drilled the holes for the locking hardware and drilled out and epoxied in some large washers so when you flip the top there is no wood-on-wood friction.

I made 1” disks out of hard maple with my plug cutting bit to fill in the holes for the locking hardware.

The pipe is 3/4” EMT so to secure it I cut a coupling in half and tightened the self-tapping screws on each end. I covered the couplings with folding table feet that were trimmed down and drilled a hole to accept the screw.

I constructed this cart at a height that would clear the top of my table saw when planning wood so I could use it as an out feed table. Instead of adding an unneeded drawer to hold the few items for the planner and workmate (planer blades, planer blade tool, bench dogs, etc.) I decided to make a flush-mounted tip-out tray.

This added height led me to add ballast for support adding two 30 lb. bags of sand to the base. I installed the double locking wheels to create a easy rolling and very stable cart.

I purposely mounted the planer longways in order to get the most footprint when in use.

And I now have my much needed garage area vise/workbench.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 05:49 PM

That is a very clever idea!
I have a flip top that I have my planer and miter saw on but I NEVER thought about a version like this!
Well done.

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 12:05 AM

Nice, very much like Brad’s from Fix This Build That – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLSIgyhlwuU&t=4s, I made one myself.

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 01:05 AM

Nice work Nicky P!

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#4 posted 09-26-2018 11:14 AM

Looks good. Nice work.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 09-26-2018 01:31 PM

It’s on my list of things todo. I like the way you dressed up the caps for the pipe ends. I’ve never seen anyone add ballast to these, its an interesting idea.

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#6 posted 09-26-2018 02:43 PM

I’m creating such a cart now – finishing it up tonight. What I don’t understand from your design and from the other designs I’ve seen is why the need to keep the pipe from spinning? All you have to do is cap the ends with anything, like a block of wood. i don’t see why people are adding a set screw (of sorts) so the pipe doen’t turn.

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#7 posted 09-26-2018 04:10 PM


I m creating such a cart now – finishing it up tonight. What I don t understand from your design and from the other designs I ve seen is why the need to keep the pipe from spinning? All you have to do is cap the ends with anything, like a block of wood. i don t see why people are adding a set screw (of sorts) so the pipe doen t turn.

- christherookie

The pipe on my cart does rotate freely Chris as it rides on the washers and will not slip out of place being locked in at each end with the couplings. Very smooth.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#8 posted 09-26-2018 04:15 PM

Good to know, thanks!

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#9 posted 09-26-2018 05:31 PM

Hey Nick. Very nice build. What a coincidence we were both doing the same project. Beautifull work. Here is the one I built along a similar design. Got to love it. You always do such clean work. I’m going to see if it will work for a drill press and my grinding wheels. Keep up the nice work.

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NickyP

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#10 posted 09-27-2018 08:22 AM



It s on my list of things todo. I like the way you dressed up the caps for the pipe ends. I ve never seen anyone add ballast to these, its an interesting idea.

- DDWW


Thanks DDWW. I think it’s a good idea as I like to add weight to the base of certain projects that may be top-heavy or high speed such as a lathe. I put 150 lbs. of sand in the base of my lathe http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89310

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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