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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.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.





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luv2learn

1629 posts in 899 days


#1 posted 276 days ago

What a great space saving flip stand Huck. Thanks for sharing the detailed explanation with photos so that others have an idea how to build one. It looks like the stand will serve you well for many years to come.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 276 days ago

This will be a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BusterB

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#3 posted 275 days ago

Nice flip-top…..looks like it should be a valued addition to your shop for some time to come. Great build sir

-- 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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a1Jim

111999 posts in 2173 days


#4 posted 275 days ago

Good job and very useful flip stand.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 275 days ago

I really like it, I like that used pine with real joiney instead of plywood. I need to make one of these.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 275 days ago

Very nice design. I need a few of these : )

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

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Roger

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#7 posted 275 days ago

Nice build. I may be building a few of these when I get round to my little expansion. I like the versatility of these holding 2 pieces of equipment.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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tomd

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#8 posted 275 days ago

Thanks for the look, very nice work. Thinking about building one.

-- Tom D

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cbsativa

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#9 posted 271 days ago

That is very nice! I have the exact same planer, what do you think the best way to clean the rollers is?

-- Shawn Audubon, IA

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HuckD

205 posts in 310 days


#10 posted 270 days ago

Thanks everyone!

Shawn, the only thing I’ve ever cleaned them with is mineral spirits on a cotton cloth.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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