flip top table saw extention

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Project by Paul posted 10-01-2011 05:21 AM 3805 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had the 36 inch fence on this saw. I went to the iron yard and bought longer rails in the same dimensions as the delta system because I was not able to find the delta longer rails anywhere. I drilled all the holes and not I have the longer fence system.
The new problem was the weight was tipping the saw over so I had to put a cabinet on the right side to catch the weight. I built the cabinet and was going to put a few large draws in it. Then I thought about a flip top for my planer.
I wanted to use the planer in the direction so that the out feed side was towards the saw. I got lucky because the cabinet is just wide enough for the planer to fit long ways. I had to trim a little of the top frame of the cabinet to allow it to rotate.
The rotating base is two pieces of 3/4 ply with some hard wood sandwiched between. I cut the boards to size and then slid the boards across the table saw once and then turned them around and did it again with the blade just scrapping the boards to find the center line of each. I built up the center mass with some hard wood and made the cuts for the 1/4 steel rod. then I capped it with a piece of 3/4 birch ply which is the bottom so when the planer is away the nicer wood shows. I will build draws for the rest of the cabinet where they won’t interfere with the rotation of the planer. When up or down there is a lock pin ( simple inserted long bolt) that I drilled through the cabinet and into the rotating platform.
This machine is heavy, I hated taking it out for use because of its weight.
Next is a rotating table for the mortise and sander.

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#1 posted 10-01-2011 05:30 AM

Great idea! It would have been nice if I had thought of this when I did mine… oh well, next time maybe.

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#2 posted 10-01-2011 02:37 PM

Nice use of space. I do not have the space to have anything that long. Everything has to be on moveable casters.

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#3 posted 10-01-2011 02:43 PM

This is an interesting idea. I’ve often thought of something a bit like that, but not a flip top. I thought you could cut a hole in the middle of the bench and rig it so various machines can be nested into that hole making them level with the benchtop and securely held in place for use. For example a planer would have a frame built on it’s base to sit into that hole so that the infeed and outfeed was level with the benchtop. Same with a mortising machine, whatever…

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#4 posted 10-01-2011 03:02 PM

Nice idea for making the most of your space.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-01-2011 03:48 PM

creative thinking and good results.

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#6 posted 10-01-2011 03:56 PM

I really like your idea – I’ve been thinking of doing something similar too. How’s it affect your workflow? Do you leave the planer ready-to-go most of the time, or just pull it out when you need it?

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#7 posted 10-01-2011 04:24 PM

Paul, great maximization of shop space. You should shoot some video of it. How’s the rocker coming, by the way?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 10-01-2011 04:41 PM

The rocker is at idle. I got distracted last year and haven’t been able to get back into it. You kind of have to mentally commit to it. It is a real thinking project. (At least the first time though.) I can’t right now but it is getting in my way and so that will push me to finish it.
I think the plainer will sit below the table and will only come out as I need it. Besides, above the table it will be in my way and also an eyesore. This rotating top was an easy build. It’s a a great way to make the difficult task of lifting a 100 lb machine to the top of the table with out the strain. I like to keep my shop organized ( even though the photos don’t show it). I try to give everything a place. This was one machine that needed a place.

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#9 posted 10-01-2011 05:51 PM

Very creative there Paul, and making good use of space is always a plus ! Thinking of more options on Your concept I thought of a different approach and instead of swinging the tool up from the left side,perhaps coming up on outside of the extension table would eliminate having to remove the center section ? Anyway this project is great thinking outside of the box and will be stirring up some potential shop upgrade in the future. Thanks for the inspiration and once again nice job !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 10-02-2011 12:17 AM

Very good idea.

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#11 posted 10-02-2011 02:23 AM

Great idea! That’s most likely why I didn’t think of it. lol

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#12 posted 10-04-2011 10:52 AM

Neat Idea. Now you have extra space for more tool!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#13 posted 10-05-2011 08:32 PM

great idea for saving some space

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