Yet another flip top tool stand

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Project by FreddyS posted 10-29-2013 12:06 AM 3837 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys!
After purchasing the belt sander and the spindle sander recently, the space in the mini shop became even smaller and I had to do something about it, so I moved this project to the first place in my long todo list hehee.

Is based in the ShopNotes magazine (Special Issue, “Small Shop Solutions” plan, with some deviations in size and materials according to what I had available.

And as everyone else here, I had doubts about how solid would it be, but it’s all great even when flipping the tools, feels really firm.

Now i need to find some time to clean up and organize the mini shop, but I’m one step closer ;)


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#1 posted 10-29-2013 12:32 AM

Good job.

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 01:39 AM

i really like these things. I need to build one! great job – simple but effective

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#3 posted 10-29-2013 04:26 AM

I have been collecting plans for these and will be building two of them. My question is about materials. I see you used plywood, is it 3/4 or 1inch? How hard is it to balance when you are putting the pins in to hold it in place. I have this sense of it wanting to spin wildly while I try to support the tool with one hand and place the pins with the other.

Also, for my collection, what issue of the Small Shop Solutions. I think they do one a year. Oh and I would have to say that great minds think alike, because those are the tools I will mounting on one of my carts. The other will have a planer only, and when it’s upside down, it will slide under a counter top. If this doesn’t make sense to some, it has to do with not having the brawn to pull a planer off of a shelf and schlepping it around the shop.


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#4 posted 10-29-2013 12:45 PM

how heavy are your tools? How much weight you think this stand could hold?

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#5 posted 10-29-2013 02:03 PM

Definitely something I should look in to.
Thanks Freddy.

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#6 posted 10-29-2013 03:04 PM


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#7 posted 10-29-2013 05:05 PM

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments! ;)

Not sure about the issue number, the magazine went back to his owner now :D, 2009 maybe?
The article said to use 3/4” plywood so I went with it for most of the stand, but as I had some 1/2” around I used it for the top (with some extra support inside, check pic #5).
At first I was afraid there could be some sagging but there’s none, I guess the extra support and the tube going thru all the top length helps a lot with this.
Also I used a couple of old glued up 1/2” plywood pieces I had from my first router table on the bottom of the stand(pic #6).

About the balance: I mounted first the belt sander as it is the heavier one, you should try to place the tool as centred to the top axle as possible, this stabilizes the top a lot, if done right the top will stay still for some seconds hehee, but…
If you have only one tool attached, the top will try to spin on its own as soon as it moves a little(but you can hold it steady with just one hand without problems).
So, if your planer is heavy it will work fine as long as you flip it slowly, but you’ll have to battle it a little bit more, and don’t forget to lock the wheels before flipping the top, you don’t want the stand to move away from you while doing it ;)
When the two tools are attached, even if the weight is not similar, the top gets to be pretty balanced and flipping it becomes easier.

Can’t tell how heavy they are as I don’t have the manuals, I’d say the belt sander can only be lifted up a like a minute before needing some help with it hehee, My guesstimate would be something like 40kg. both tools and the stand feels sturdy enough, but you can always lee on the safe side and double up materials if going to mount heavier stuff.


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#8 posted 10-29-2013 09:33 PM

I’m with others I need two of these, planers and sanders.

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#9 posted 10-29-2013 10:12 PM

This is a great idea. Very nicely done.

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 02:56 PM

Exactly what I need. I have too many tools and not enough room in my workshop. It sure looks like you have done a fantastic job on this one.

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#11 posted 11-20-2013 07:41 PM

I love these. Great job.

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 07:53 PM

It’s a great addition to your shop and I like your design. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 12-05-2013 03:58 AM

i like the sand paper storage

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#14 posted 01-15-2014 01:53 PM

Hi Freddy I like flip top carts it seems most people build the shop notes style cart but I like to change up the flo with the one I built . It’s my proto type and I hope to make it even better .yours came out nice it will do the job for small shops that’s for sure.

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#15 posted 01-15-2014 05:24 PM

Hi Patrick, yes, the shop notes style is the predominant one, and the only one I had seen before building mine haha, but your prototype is quite clever.
Already got it in my favourites just in case I find a small miter saw as yours, I have the same table saw model and can’t really place any more tools into my tiny shop so yours is a great idea to squeeze one more tool in there ;)


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