Flip top cart

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Project by Time2beupinAZ posted 02-04-2012 05:46 PM 10644 views 39 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First thanks to Paul Stoops for the great plans for this cart. This is the best flip top cart plans I have seen. It is a little big but perfect for my shop. I have a 10X20 shop and this is a great space saver. I modified the plans to make this a couple inches taller to fit my planner. I also made it so I could pound out the 3/4 inch steel rod on the flip top incase I need to remove it for some odd reason. I made my flip table so it is solid. It is 3 pieces of 3/4 ply. I haven’t finished the drawer because they were out of runners. I also love the extra protection on the 4 way locking of this cart. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this but really like it now. Overkill on it but still use and love it. The top flips so easy and is well balanced. I can’t thank Paul enough for the great plans and an Awesome flip cart. If you need one and haven’t built one I would say this is the Cadillac of flip carts. Paul gives a great advice on where to get the parts but I did find some of them cheaper from the factory and elsewhere. Thanks for looking and enjoy.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 06:06 PM

I recognized the basic design , and yours came out great as well : )
I need about four of these to get started…LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 06:31 PM

I’m consider starting a few of these myself. Couple questions:
How did you modify the design to allow the rods to be pounded out?
To deal with the permanence caused by the rods, I had been thinking about removable trays that would mount to the rotating top and the various tools would attach to the trays. I have a cople of harbor freight sanders tat I would be mounting initially, and want to be able to mount a different pattern if I upgrade sanders or the HF tool dies.
I’ve also been considering making this out of MDF instead of plywood. Since it is painted it wold not seem to matter.

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 06:35 PM

Good job ,that’s a space saver for sure.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 06:46 PM

I’m in need of this Cart/Cabinet!!! Just downloaded plans. Another for the “TO-DO” list.

Thanks for the heads up.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 07:50 PM

Stoli – I modified the flip table so the rods can be pushed out by not gluing the center spacer in. The rods are still in tight so they don’t slip out or move when turned. I can just take a smaller rod and pound the rods all the way thru if needed. The rods are only 12 inches long on each side. Paul stated a longer rod would have been a challenge to find and the 12 inch rods work great.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 08:09 PM

well I have a rigid planner and sander exactly like yours. I may have to build this too.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 10:17 PM

awesome cart

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 10:36 PM

Very cool cart!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 11:14 PM

Very nice! I really need to make me one of these.

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

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 12:00 AM

Gee, this somehow looks familiar…........... :-) You did a great job! Yours is the first one of these cabinets that I have seen on the internet forums. Since I posted them, over 250 folks have downloaded the plans, so I figured that sooner or later one would show up. It’s interesting that one or two folks download the plans each week.

I opted for the 12” pivot rods for cost reasons. The center filler/stop was intended to prevent the rods from working themselves inward over time. However, removing them is much harder than a continuous rod. Glad to hear that you were able to find some parts at a lower cost.

For any of you who plan to build one of these flip-top cabinets, take a hard look at widening one end of the tool base so that the planer can be rotated 90º so that it feeds along the long axis of the cabinet, as I mentioned in the addendum to the plans. It would be really easy to put an adjustable height roller support on the end of the cabinet to support planed boards on the outfeed side of the planer.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#11 posted 02-05-2012 04:49 AM

Nice looking stand. I see you have Rigid planner and oscillating sander. I was considering buying the Rigid sander, but not for sure how will it would hold up. How will do you like the sander?

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 07:48 AM

Great job on the cart. I am thinking about one of these

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 05:27 PM

Paul – Thank you for the plans and the kind words. It was so much fun to make this great flip cart. Again I think it is the best I have seen.

Mark – I love my ridgid sander. I have really put it through the test and cannot complain about it. I would buy another one with no problem.

Everyone else – Thank you for the comments and I encourage you who haven’t built this yet and want too, to give it a try. The plans are easy to read and the parts are easy to get as well. This can also be customized to fit just about most sanders and planners.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 07:38 PM

Do the sanding cylinders and accessories fall out of the sander when it flips over?

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#15 posted 05-24-2012 04:13 AM

This project looks a lot like the one I am going to build. No doubt it has to be a great addition to anyone’s shop. I have the Dewalt 734 planer and plan to mount it in one of these carts. The difference is I don’t plan to mount anything on the other side because the cart will be stored under my work bench.

And I have already thought of attaching some sort of adjustable height roller so I can use it as an outfeed extension for either the table saw or chop saw.

The more I think about it the more I wonder if I need to mount some sort of flat counter weight to make rotating the planer easier. Looking forward to building it soon as I get back from vacation.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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