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Project by JasonK posted 2424 days ago 2555 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, here it is. My first “real” shop project. The flip top planer cart! I found the plan in a FW supplement and new I wanted to make it before I even bought the planer. I made mine with 3/4 birch ply and red oak from the “big box” store. I’m hoping to make an “adapter” for the top with some rollers to use as an outfeed table for my table saw. Still needs a coat of finish but, I’m in no real rush…

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...





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Napaman

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#1 posted 2424 days ago

wow…great idea…welcome to lj’s…

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#2 posted 2424 days ago

That is great! Welcome.

I always wondered how to surface the bottom of boards.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#3 posted 2424 days ago

I thought flipping the planer over makes a board thicker and rougher? Nice idea, looks very useful.
Good job. Now I’m wondering if I could do that to all my tools…. hmm.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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GaryK

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#4 posted 2424 days ago

Looks cool. Does it pivot in the middle?

It will give you some more surface to put stuff on though. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 2424 days ago

Nice. Do you suppose you could put a joiner on the other side to dual purpose it? Maybe a lid top box for blades or other stuff on the bottom. nice work.

and yeah…how does that thing pivot?

Welcome aboard!

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#6 posted 2424 days ago

Oh my gosh. Another project added to my “to-do” list. It looks really sturdy.

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#7 posted 2424 days ago

and the pivot?
that is awesome.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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JasonK

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#8 posted 2424 days ago

Debbie,
The pivot is a 5/8 steel rod. I made two identical frames out of the same oak that I used for the trim (for strength), planed them down to 5/8 to match the rod. I then placed the rod between the two “frames” and sandwiched all of it between two sheets of 3/4 birch ply.

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...

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mot

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#9 posted 2424 days ago

How’s the flip action, Jason. That planer is no feather weight. I really like the idea. It looks like the flip action allow for one tool to be flipped out of the way to have a work surface. Is that right? It looks like a second tool would hit the back brace/stretcher when flipped. You did a nice job. I thought about building something like this as well, but ran out of room.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 2424 days ago

Tools like this make for a fancy shop, very nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Bill

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#11 posted 2424 days ago

A nice stand and looks like a good job.

I too wonder how the rod will hold up over time. It seems like a lot of weight for such a small rod. But if it works…

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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JasonK

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#12 posted 2424 days ago

Mot,
You’re right. The planer is not light. However, flipping it is surely easier than lifting it from a shelf to a bench.
I hope to use the open side as an outfeed support as well as a mobile work station for some lighter tools (i.e. OS sander, jig saw)

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...

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Billp

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#13 posted 2424 days ago

You might as well start rewiring the work shop I see lots of tools in your furture. Welcome to LJ

-- Billp

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#14 posted 2421 days ago

Isn’t it easier to turn the board over?

Lee

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Zuki

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#15 posted 2420 days ago

Great use of space.

Just a thought . . . you could possibly add some “solid wood” to the underside and drill some holes for bench dogs (I believe that is what they are called) and you would have a mobile mini workbench. The weight of the planer would add some heft to the bench.

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