Workbench tool hinge/mechanism?

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Forum topic by avapilot posted 11-26-2016 03:38 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2016 03:38 PM

Hi….i am in the initial stages of designing a new workbench… shop space is limited and i would like to incorporate my table saw, which is portable and my chop saw into the table… thought is to have the chop saw on some sort of mechanism that would rotate below the table when not in use and the opening covered by a piece of wood…..

i have been looking for some sort of lift top hinges and all i can find are the ones for a coffee table and i don’t think they will work for a chop saw, because of the weight of the saw…..i remember once seeing (can’t remember where) a table that was designed so that the saw actually rotated up to the cutting position and then when in the down position was upside down…..i wouldn’t be opposed to that type of design…..

does anybody have any links to any mechanisms that would work?.....thanks in advance…


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#1 posted 11-26-2016 07:17 PM

There a lot of examples on-line. Search for “Flip top tool stand”. Some use steel rods, some use standard butt hinges.

Here is one that uses a steel tube for the pivot: Tool Stand

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 07:54 PM

If not the flip top approach that Jerry recommended, another idea I saw in a magazine, probably Woodsmith or Shopnotes, was to simply attach each bench tool to a piece of plywood that you can move to a shelf or rack. The work bench has a recess so that the plywood fits flush with the rest of the bench. In the article, they actually built a vertical rack with places for all of their interchangeable bench tools when not in use but you could simply store them on a lower shelf on the workbench. When not using a bench tool, simply put a blank in the recess.

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