rotating space-saving bench top device cabinet

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Forum topic by JeffP posted 05-20-2015 01:10 AM 781 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2015 01:10 AM

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You have all seen the multiple you-tube videos of guys showing off their combination jointer/sander/planer/grinder/etc cabinets.

For the uninitiated, the idea here is to mount two (or more?) such devices to a single cabinet in a way that you can easily use one device while the other is “hanging” out below. Then you undo a latch of some kind and rotate the table top to put the other tool on top while the first one hangs out below.

My question is…sure, it looks neat, but does this actually turn out to be practical in the real world?

They look like they would “transform” quickly, so maybe it really is practical to switch it back and forth frequently?

OTOH, I can see me maybe cursing under my breath every time I spend the time to swing it around from planer to sander and then all of a sudden realize that I planed all but one of my boards…

Just looking for some real-world feedback on whether this is just cool, or actually a good idea in practice.

Like most, I AM short on space right now…but whatever I do for shop furniture it will HAVE to be on casters anyway, and I feel like that will allow me to move multiple cabinets/stands out of the way anyhow. Not sure the space savings is really all that “real” in the end. I’m also certain that I could build 4 non-rotating cabinets/stands in less time than I could build 2 rotating ones. Just so much simpler to design and throw together.

As you can see…I am of at least two minds on this subject. Need some help teetering over in one direction or the other.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 01:36 AM

Just got done with mine a couple of weeks ago and I love it. Very practical if you ask me.

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 02:12 AM

Looks good.

I happen to have exactly those two devices (and brand/model) in mind for mine if I do it.

Another one would be larger and would have a 6 inch belt sander and a contractor saw with a dado stack.

Then there is the bandsaw and drill press (well, maybe not).

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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