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Project by BigBadBen posted 681 days ago 4630 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woodshop consists of my garage. Of course I have 2 cars, two dirt bikes and 3 active kids, so there’s a little work needed just to get my woodshop set-up.

I was searching the web for ideas to best store 2 of my heaviest bench tools, which just take up shelf space and are a pain to move around. I saw several iterations of the flip top concept, so I intergrated portions of a few designs I found.

The tools are a Dewalt planer and a Craftsman sanding station. Both weigh about 80+ lbs. I use the sanding station more frequently.

I only purchased a half sheet of 3/4” maple ply and 1/2” MDF. I had leftover birch ply from other projects. I’ve been on a kick lately to try and re-use or recycle wood from old furniture from my house or stuff I see in town on the side of the road on “general” garbage day. No, I’m not a trash picker. I’m gainfully employed. Anyway, the trim and drawer facia are planned down maple from a bunk bed my son out grew.

The flip top is a sandwich of 1/2” birch ply, 1/2” MDF and 1/2” birch ply. I used a 1/2” round stock from a big box store as the pivot and pinned the ends to the vertical sides. Therefore the top pivots on the fixed round stock. The ends of the round stock are hidden with the “bunk bed” trim.

I used the half sheet of maple ply for the sides. I was carefull to measure the clearance needed to fully rotate both tools which was 19”. I gave myself 19.5”. I needed the working surface to be about 34” off the floor since I’m 6’2” and like it taller than typical working height. In lieu of having to add some sort of bracing if my cart was only 2 sides and a bottom, I decided to add a drawer. This would give me two horizontal supports and a solid back for stability. Therefore I added a 24” deep drawer which is the width of the cart and 9” tall. Plenty of storage.

There were plenty of good ideas for latching the flip top in place. Again I chose a blend of those ideas and notched the MDF (prior to glue-up) in all 4 corners and uses a 1/2” x 4” eye bolt which pivoys on a short lag bolt. This came out slick. I’ll look to come up with a special know instead of the standard 1/2” nut. But you don’t need to tighten more than hand tight.

I purchased 200# fully locking casters for all corners. Be sure to use “total locking” style which locks rotation and swivel. They cost $9 each on eBay.

That’s my story.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 681 days ago

Every good woodworker adds their own ideas to every project. Even if only to a minor degree. The more projects you do the more you modify. Natural progression I guess. It looks sturdy and very functional. In most shops that’s all we ask for.

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 681 days ago

Great looking cart. Welcome to LumberJocks too! Good to see that there’s another kid on here!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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BigBadBen

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#3 posted 681 days ago

Thanks for the comments. But I’m sorry AJ, that photo is my 13 year old soon. He has not caught the woodworking bug full on yet. Dirt bikes, lacrosse, pellet guns and fishinmg are his things. :)

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woodshaver

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#4 posted 681 days ago

Funny, when I saw the photo’s you posted of your great looking tool cart and the young man standing next to it my first thought was “is AJ seeing this” Anyway, AJ has many frineds here on LJ’s and maybe someday your son will join us here too.

Welcome to Lumberjocks !
Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 681 days ago

nice looking cart i have what looks to be the same planer dewalt 734.it is to heavy to lug around.you’ve inspired me to build a cart for mine.welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Gshepherd

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#6 posted 681 days ago

Very handy cart, I remember seeing one in a mag which was actually rotating and you could put 3 different tools on it. Good job on your build….. Amazing some of these handy machines are so darn heavy. I picked up my 13in baby sander up and realized I am getting old.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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bluekingfisher

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#7 posted 681 days ago

Great job. I have to build one for my Jet spindle sander. Thanks for the inspiration.

Welcome to Lumberjocks by the way, plenty of friendly and helpful folks on here.

Good luck

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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RoodyJ

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#8 posted 680 days ago

Your rendition of the swivel cart looks so much better than mine. I have a DeWalt 735 planer and a Grizzly oscillating sander on mine. You’ve given me a push to at least paint mine. Thanks for the nice job.

-- Jim, Maryland

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Time2beupinAZ

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#9 posted 680 days ago

Looks great. I have one to in my small shop and love it.

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

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