Planer & Miter Saw flip Cabinet

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Project by Ken90712 posted 11-27-2010 04:59 PM 12832 views 58 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching a show on woodworking and seeing this flip top, I started thinking this could be useful to get the Miter-Saw out of the way & off the bench. I already had my planer on a stand so I wasn’t loosing any real space in my small shop per say.

I talked with Plantek who just happened to build one right before I stared mine, Thx bro.

I modified the plans to make mine taller @ 36”. I was not real comfortable with the use of the 1 inch wood dowel as the pivot as suggested, so I use 5/8 steel rod. Over kill I know, but those of you Fellow Lumberjocks that know me already understand this. LOL

I used a 3/4 inch sheet of sanded oak plywood. I cut the dado’s on my router table. I stained it with some left over Cherry Minwax I had laying around. 3 inch casters that all swivel and lock were used.

This thing is solid and stable. When its all tightened down with the 5/16 knobs there is no movement. It flips the tools surprisingly well.

If anyone would like the plans let me know your e mail & I will send them to you

Thx for looking.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 05:00 PM

Ken, thats a neat idea.

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 05:12 PM

Really Nice!

Do you get any side to side “racking” when you pivot the tools?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 05:21 PM

Ken, that looks really good. I understand about the overkill thing. If something seems too weak to me I’ll beef it up a bit. I thought about making one of these but I’m concerned about how much room is needed to flip the table forward or backward. What’s your experience with it thus far? I know that this tool base is designed to help save space in a small shop but I’m unsure if it will work in mine. To see what I mean you can check out my shop in the shops section. I’m glad to see that this project worked for you.

Doug, Ohio

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 05:26 PM

Very nice & handy!!! I recently bought a bunch of tools from a good old divorce sale. The kind where they had to split the money so they didnt really want that much. Included was an exact replica of this flip table with planer, no miter saw. I like it like that though. The planer hides upside down & I get table space….. very nice!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 06:11 PM

Very nice Ken!
I can say from experience you will love the convenience of this stand.
nobuckle mentioned a concern about the room needed to flip… I can say just last night I used both miter saw and planner twice (poor planing on my part) and the flipping was a piece of cake. I just make sure I have a hand on the planner when it’s the one on top and I’m about to undo the last lock.
Your gonna love it…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 06:20 PM

Dude that is awesome. I am impressed. I may have to make one of these.

BTW- your shop looks like it used to be a kitchen. Am I right?

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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#7 posted 11-27-2010 07:38 PM

Hello Ken

Very nice I like this idea for little shop

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 08:13 PM

I’ve been wanting to make something like that for quite awhile…

I keep getting hung up on what to put on the other side of the planer! :) :)

Thanks for keeping the ‘itch’ itching! :) :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 11-27-2010 09:32 PM

I’m looking for a space saver just like that! Nothing wrong with building it like a tank!

@ Plantek: I bet you could design the center of gravity to balance the top so it flips smoothly? You could also add more weight to the light side, but I think moving the COG would work, there’s plenty of room underneath…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 11:15 PM

The witty decision ))

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#11 posted 11-27-2010 11:56 PM

Nice job Ken. This one attracts me. Very tempting.

Question: You mentioned it is solid and stable. What makes is so stable? Since there are no front and back, and no braces, what prevents it from wandering side to side?



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#12 posted 11-28-2010 12:52 AM

This is just what I have been looking for to save space in my shop. Could you send me a copy of the plans? My email is


-- There is nothing like the sound of a hand plane passing across a board in an otherwise quiet shop.

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#13 posted 11-28-2010 01:59 AM

Wow, great idea!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#14 posted 11-28-2010 02:05 AM

I’d love a copy of the plans, please! Thinking about making one of these for my bench grinder and the belt sander on the flip side.

email to:

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#15 posted 11-28-2010 05:14 AM

Great idea

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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