Flip Top Planer Table

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Project by Damage Inc. posted 12-05-2011 05:04 PM 10908 views 27 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 95% complete Woodcraft flip top planer cart / table. Made it per the Woodcraft magazine plans for the most part. Went cheap on the wheels though, couldn’t justify spending over $80 on thiers. I put one coat of Enduro-Var and I would like to put on a second coat. I had a hard time buying the Enduro-Var for $30 a quart and the first coat used ALL OF IT!!!. Since I’m going to be out of town for a few days this week, before I bought and other quart to add more coats I really wanted to install the planer so I could at least see it finished. When the time is right I’ll take the planer off and add the second coat of finish.

All in all, it was a fun build and I really needed the surface area of the top and a place to put my planer so I don’t have to lug it around anymore. As with any project I do, I learned a few things that hopefully will give me more confidence moving forward.

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 05:10 PM

Thanks a great-looking cart and I like how it has the fixed portion as well. It looks very sturdy.

I don’t know whether or not the latches on the top would get in the way of your work, though.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 05:11 PM

Good job. I intend to build a “flipper” but have too many things going right at the moment.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 05:28 PM

Nice cart. That one is on my “to do ” list. Great job

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 06:27 PM

Mine’s on a dedicated steel stand. This looks a lot more better.
I can’t find the plans on their site.
Any help?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 06:33 PM

Nice planer table.

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Damage Inc.

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 06:47 PM

Thanks all.

Brandon – I tried to figure out a way to have a hidden latch to keep the top in place but I couldn’t think of anything better than what I used.

Gene – I picked up the Woodcraft mag at HD. First time I had ever read thier magazine. Here is a link to some online content.

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 07:08 PM

DI, Really nice planer stand, I’ve got to build one too, and this is one version that I hadn’t seen before, like it a lot! Nice JD stuff, looks a bit like my garage with the green/yellow machinery.

Gene, Here’s an earlier version of the flipper plan:, but looks like it’s evolved a bit.

Thanks for posting this!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 07:16 PM

Thanks for posting your project. I to am getting tired of hauling my planer our from its storage space and plunking it on top of my workmate everytime I need to use it. In thenew year, I am planning on building a dedicated cart/bench for it and your project has given me some good ideas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 12-05-2011 08:29 PM

That is really nice work. I too was thinking about building this stand until I found my new planer, a Craftsman badged Parks 12” Planer. That cast iron monster will never be lifted by me alone! Again, really nice work.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#10 posted 12-05-2011 08:51 PM

Very nice project, thanks for posting.
PS: who are you kidding…’ll never find the time to add the second coat of finish…..especially now that the planner is attached. I have about 4 of those “need a second coat” projects that have been waiting for years to be “officially” completed.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 12-05-2011 08:54 PM

Nice Flip Cart, it’s next on my list. What type of Ply did you end up using?

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#12 posted 12-05-2011 09:37 PM

Great job. I built a similar cabinet from Wood magazine plans (a slightly different design, but functionally the same), but not near as nice as yours. Mine is 75% scrap from various projects, and it looks like it. But it works and is sure a WHOLE LOT easier on the back not having to lift the planer up and down off the bench. You will be glad you have it. The only thing I wish I did differently is build it so the out feed table is the same height as my bench. The would make planing long boards much easier. I may try spacers between the deck and the planner to raise it the 1-1/2” to my work bench height.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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Damage Inc.

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#13 posted 12-05-2011 10:10 PM

Woodeye gets the joke. The time will never be right for me to take the planer off and put another coat of finish on it.

Lance, it’s standard Home Depot birch ply. The exterior looks nice, but the middle is filled with voids and other unsighty filler that I’m really not very happy with. I’m considering putting some hard maple edge strips to cover it up, but see above. By the way, sorry about your Longhorns on Saturday…..

I would have loved to build this out of baltic birch, but if I’m too cheap for Woodcraft castors and $30 clear finish makes me want to dry heave; $80 sheets of plywood were not in the game plan. As I write this though, I’m thinking that I’ll go with baltic next time….... It just looks nicer.

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#14 posted 12-05-2011 10:17 PM

Love the table. And I love the mini JD in the background;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 12-05-2011 11:01 PM

My solution for the locking mechanism was simply to drill a hole through the stationary board and into the flip top.
the hole is just large enough for a long bolt with a washer to slide in,,,, No nut on the other end. The washer aids in pulling it out like a handle. In one of the photos you can see the bolt on the back end of the table.
I could have just used a steel rod cut to length and then the lack of threads would ease it to slide in and out but a bold is what I had on hand.
Mt table flits left to right due to the fence rails of my saw. I loose cabinet space this way but gain shop space overall.

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