Flip-Top Tool Stand

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Project by TheDane posted 05-03-2013 08:03 PM 10754 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You know how it goes … you get a new tool and the next thing you know, you have to have a place to put it!

I haven’t had a miter saw in the shop for the last couple of years because my old one was such a POS, I didn’t use it much.

I acquired the Hitachi 12” SCMS a few months ago (it is a beast, but that’s another story), and decided it deserved a place in the shop with the other tools in my arsenal.

This stand handles two tools (the SCMS and my DeWalt DW733 planer) that close to the same weight … about 65 pounds apiece.

This cabinet is much larger than most other flip-tops I have seen, due mainly to the size of the SCMS.

The table is a sandwich … two pieces of 3/4” plywood with 3/4” maple in between, anchored to the frame at each corner with an eyebolt. The table pivots on a 3/4” steel tube that has bronze bushings on each end.

The drawer has two purposes … storage space for planer blades, wrenches, etc., and to provide some additional rigidity to the frame. The framework was built from construction grade 2×12’s (hemlock) and needed reinforcement wherever I could add it … that’s why you see 4 steel ‘braces’ (shelf brackets) in the cavity.

I still need to add a set of wings to support longer stock. This cabinet is 42 1/2” tall, so there may be a rebuild in the future. In the meantime, I’ll just set up outboard roller stands.

-- 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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#1 posted 05-03-2013 11:49 PM

Very nice! That would be a great addition in any shop!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 12:22 AM

Sweet setup!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 02:02 AM

Nice setup, Man that looks sturdy.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 04:38 AM

Very well done : )

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

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#5 posted 05-04-2013 09:03 AM

These cabinets always look a little scary to me but it looks like you have this one under control.
The drawer looks like a great idea…........................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 05-04-2013 12:59 PM

Mike … I think drawer is very practical. Besides, it gve me a chance to play with the Porter-Cable dovetail jig I bought off CraigsList!

-- 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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#7 posted 05-04-2013 02:08 PM

Your cabinet looks very well built and strong Gerry. A great space saver. That SMS looks like a real killer too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-04-2013 02:41 PM

Sooner or later all shop space becomes prime property. Great idea on saving space with a dual purpose cabinet.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 05-04-2013 03:23 PM

Great build

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

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#10 posted 05-04-2013 03:30 PM

Looks good Gerry,very handy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 05-04-2013 05:23 PM

Just like I would have expected from you…very well done, and extremely practical….good job

-- Mike

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#12 posted 05-06-2013 12:21 PM

Well done, I made one of these and have the exact same tools mounted to mine. I havent put a drawer on it yet but have thought about it. nice job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 05-06-2013 12:27 PM

Ken … The drawer adds to the height of the rig, but also adds to the rigidity of the cabinet. Factoring in the storage space, it is net gain.

I am debating removing the wheels and putting this in a low-profile mobile base.

-- 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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#14 posted 05-06-2013 11:35 PM



Nice job!

I have been thinking of doing this for some time… Don’t have a miter saw… was thinking of a grinding/ sharpening wheel or disk sander… seems like I never get around to it… LOL

You did a great job of putting it all together!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 11-24-2013 02:28 PM

Very smart, nicely done, and thanks for posting. I am tentatively planning to do the same in the spring. In hindsight would you have designed differently/modified your flip top table in any way? And I don’t mean dovetail joints, lol. Thanks, TheDane.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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