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Forum topic by RobH posted 06-02-2009 05:04 AM 2081 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2009 05:04 AM

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Hey all,

I am about to fix some shop cabinets and get some loose ends tied up in the shop. I am going to make a planer cabinet. The cabinet will serve two purposes. First and foremost is planer usage and storage. The second use will be as a light duty utility table for the shop. I will mainly use this to lay hammers, mallets, drill, chisels, screwdrivers, etc. on while working on projects. I want the top to slide back and rotate down out of the way when it is time to rotate the planer up. See the video below for an idea of what I mean.

Now, the help I need from you. I need ideas on how to handle the sliding and tilting of the top. I have the planer rotation down. I would like the top to be somewhat attached and able to slide back as shown above. Now, let's see what you all can come up with. The winner will have the honor of having me use the idea building the cabinet.

Thanks in advance for the help, again, Rob Hix

P.S. The video shows the edge of the top flush with the top of the cabinet when in the down position. It would be nice, but not necessary for this to be flush. I do not want it to stick up too much, but a little would not hurt as it will not get in the way of the planing operation.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 05:11 AM

Nice design and a great idea. What ever you do It will be a great addition to your shop. You will have to tell us about that video software some time.

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 05:24 AM

The video was done in Sketchup with the SU Animate Plug-in. It is not perfect as I have just started using the animation plug-in, and there are some subtleties that I am not aware of. But this time it at least gets the point across. Not bad for a couple hours work anyway.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 06:22 AM

Does it have to slide, or could it just flip 270 degrees?
... or …
Can the flip side of the planer shelf serve as the work surface?

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 06:44 AM

Something like Accuride 123 comes to mind with something to protect the slides from sawdust and to support the top properly

-- Ed

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 07:04 AM

I would either use the planer bottom as the table top as suggested above OR make a coulpe of dados to form a track for some dowel pins in the side of the top to follow.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 01:26 PM


Either of those ideas would work. Flipping 270 might be a bit of a challenge on the hinge, but definately noting that could not be overcome.


Using the planer bottom as the work surface might be ok, but sorta wanted a surface that was smooth and mostly uninterrupted.

I will really have to think about the 270 fliip thing. That sounds like the winner right now. Although I would like to get this built this weekend, and the simplicity of using the planer bottom might win out over the more complicated 270 flip due to time constraints.

Thanks again,

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 03:37 PM

My first thought was some sort of track system like those used for a barrister bookcase:

The problem is that the tracks would interfere with the swiveling of the planer shelf.

Personally, I would opt for a much lower-tech solution: A lift off top slightly larger than the cabinet, with molding around the bottom to hug the base and prevent horizontal movement. It would be easy enough to incorporate some sort of hook system so that when you lift off the top you could hang it on the back of the base.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 03:59 PM

I agree that the top might be easier to pivot than to slide. Also, wouldn’t it be simpler instead of rotating the planer out of the way, to just put hinges on the (left as pictured) back of the planer shelf and have the door hold it up at the front. When you want it out of the way, open the door to let the planer shelf pivot down on the hinges to rest against the back of the cabinet. Also, the planer would not be upside down that way & it might be more stable when changing position on hinges than rotating on a rod assembly. -SST

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 09:25 PM

All of these are great ideas. I was thinking about this in the shower this morning, and I realized I would be just as well with a traditional flip top cart that is open through the middle. The only reason would be to make the cabinets that are on the back wall of the shop have a consistent look. I am not sure that I am willing to spend the extra money on a consistent look.

To balance out the cart, I am going to fix a space in the bottom to store a 70 pound bag of concrete. That will help keep things stable when I go to flip the planer over. Plus, I have had a 70 pound bag of concrete laying around the shop for at least 3 years that I need to do something with. I am too cheap to throw it away.

Thanks for the ideas. I will at least post a picture of the finished product. Hopefully I can put this together this week and weekend. It will really help the shop storage. There will be definitely more to come on this one.

Thanks again,
Rob Hix

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#10 posted 06-03-2009 12:48 AM

Mine is not as nice as what your video shows…but I built a flip top station with Drill press on one side and mitre saw on the other. You can view it here… will be happy to email you some plans. Again, it is a lot more simple than your design. I just wanted something to utilize my workshop space as best as possible.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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