|Project by HuckD||posted 10-20-2013 02:51 PM||5150 views||16 times favorited||10 comments|
I’ve built a tilt top tool stand for my planer and chop saw:
It’s mounted on a metal mobile tool base. The bottom is two layers of 1/2” CD plywood from my scrap pile.
The side supports are 2×4’s cleaned up on the joiner and planer and joined with bridle joints. The top is a torsion box made of a 2×4 rectangle with 3/4” oak plywood on both sides. T-nuts were installed on the under side of the plywood. The top (turned vertical in this picture) is supported by 1” ID electrical conduit:
The conduit was cut about 1/8” short so it would not extend beyond the sides:
A longer piece of 3/8” threaded rod inserted through the conduit is used for clamping the top between the sides:
This rod is supported in the center of the conduit by a piece of oak on each side:
The left side has a piece of 1/4” plywood with the shape of the 3/8 nut cut on a scrollsaw:
Two nuts are jammed together to keep the threaded rod from turning:
On the right side a large dog bone knob was made with a 3/8” nut pounded into the center hole:
My small miter saw was mounted first:
To test the clamping pressure I turned the top vertical and tightened the clamping knob. The knob only had to be snugged up – not really tightened. It easily supported the weight:
Then the planer was mounted:
The planer is much heavier than the miter saw but I can still clamp the top vertically:
The top, when properly turned horizontal and clamped between the two sides seems to be very sturdy. The thickness of the torsion box top and the sides provides a lot of friction area when clamped together via the threaded rod and knob. At this point I do not anticipate any need for locks on the ends of the top. Should this change due to vibration or whatever, I just plan to drill a hole through the side into the end of the top and insert a long bolt on either side. We’ll see.
Dust collection will be available for both tools.
Thanks for looking. As always, questions, comments or constructive criticisms are welcome.
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