Flip Top Base Cabinet

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Project by Amoc posted 03-18-2013 12:44 AM 4179 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is my first project to post on Lumber Jocks. I have a small area to work in and when I saw this design in one of the Wood Working mags I decided to give it a try. I had a scroll saw and a wood planer that I needed a stand for and I decided that this would be the perfect combo since the idea of me needed both at the same time would be slim to none. The modifications that I made from the original design were: The Pivot Point for the table called for a 1” wood dowel – My mod was to use a 3/4 in” steel rod. The original did not have a a block on the side for the pivot point. – My mod was to recess a 1/4” into the side blocks for the pivot Pin and and then glued them into place. I had one of those furniture moving dollies that cost about $8 bucks and the wheels were perfect so I redirected their use. To keep the cabinet from moving around I made 4 adjustable stops that I can level the cabinet out if needed and at least least can keep it from rolling around. So here is my first of I hope many more!

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 12:59 AM

Good job. I love mine. Easy to rotate the tools and a real space saver.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 01:33 AM

Well done. I keep seeing these being posted and keep telling myself that I’ve got to make one for my Ringmaster and Planner. Maybe this week.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 01:57 AM

nice job and a good space saver…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 02:46 AM

Great idea and put to good use.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 03:17 AM

Ken—Nice job … good call on the pivot point/rod. Maybe there’s no problem with using a dowel, but I think it is oftentimes a good idea to over-engineer stuff like this.

This is coming up on my to-do list, so your caught my interest. Thanks for posting!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 11:09 AM

Nice build Ken…. I did one of these recently and it was worth the time and effort….just wish mine looked as good as yours

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 11:34 AM

Nice. I have been wondering about these carts too. Did you put the pivot in the middle and then adjust placement of the machines to find the optimum balance point?

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 12:12 PM

Looks nice, but I have no idea how this works. How come you other guys can figure it out???

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#9 posted 03-18-2013 02:30 PM

It’s a nice practical project for your shop, Congratulations and welcome to LJs.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 02:58 PM

“Looks nice, but I have no idea how this works. How come you other guys can figure it out???”

Don. Lot’s of people have built them so we’ve seen them here before. The top spins around on a pivot point and locks into place to bring a different tool to the top. It lets two tools take the shop space of one.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 03-18-2013 05:19 PM

Marty with this setup I was not worried about the balance. I knew that I wanted the planer in the center and the Scroll Saw I mounted so that the work area was close to the edge as possible. I don’t have a big problem in revolving the table. I have seen them with a drill press on one end and because of the ARM of the weight I imagine that would require more consideration for the other side to help offset it.
Thanks to all for the comments!

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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#12 posted 03-18-2013 08:23 PM

I had one of those furniture moving dollies that cost about $8 bucks and the wheels were perfect so I redirected their use.

Absolutely. Those $7.99 on sale dollies from HF are the cheapest way I know of to get four 3 inch ballbearing casters. Now if I can just figure out how repurpose the “carpet” covered frames!

BTW, One project plan like the above is in Woodsmith #111 June 1997 pg 32.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#13 posted 03-18-2013 08:47 PM

Nice work! I just completed one of these for my lathe and jointer. I like your idea for leveling. I may have to give that a try.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#14 posted 03-18-2013 09:11 PM

The levelers were made using 6” lag bolt a 1/2” nut embedded in a 4×4 x 3/4 plywood cap. The Turn Knob was made from 3/4 plywood, I then found some stainless steel cd rack rods and drilled a hole through the knob into the lag bolt on to the other side of the knob. This beat using more hardware than needed.

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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#15 posted 03-19-2013 01:46 AM

brasco… lathe and jointer on a flip top?
how much weight can these tops manage?
I too will be doing a project like this one (who has not, yet?). Planer and… havent decided yet :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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