Flip Table #1: Phase 1 - The Table

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Blog entry by hjt posted 12-09-2013 08:14 PM 2318 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having one’s tools on wheels, providing mobility in the work shop is great. Have a double duty station that is not only mobile but helps you gain back valuable bench space… now that’s the “cat’s meow.”

The drill currently sits on the work bench while the planer is on a make-shift rolling cart

I’ve seen here on LJ and on You Tube these flip tables. But better yet, Hank, a local wood worker has one I’ve seen in person and I certainly see how helpful it is. If you are interested in seeing Hank’s you-tube on his flip table (as only Hank can do it)… Hank has a great, off beat style of humor.

So decided I would start by building the table. I was going to build a table with a 2×4 frame and inside supports (I think real wood workers call them “stringers??”) Something like this.

However after learning the Rockwell/Homecraft drill weighs in at 98 pounds,

and the planer at 73;

I thought I might better have the table rest on the frame rather be inset.

I did some research on the drill (which had been my dad’s and have learned that this unit was built back in the late 40’s – early 50’s. I know it was old, but I was not thinking THAT old.

I got to work at cutting and planning the boards

I then used a Forstner bit and drilled out the holes that the metal conduit pipe will go through so the table can flip.

And my Biscuit Joiner to build the frame and join the 2×4 supports (stringers???).

Since the frame was cut down to 1.5 and 1.5 (this was one of those “design on the fly” things I often do, only to then say “Why Did I Do That”) The biscuit cuts through the end of the board.

I used my table saw and fence to help with clamping.

This shows the finished frame with the pipe inserted

I then screwed down my decking on both sides and glued down a piece of 1/4” Melamine. I used Melamine on the rebuild of my Radial Arm saw and like the look. It brightens the shops PLUS one can write on it “pick up milk and eggs , and cuts next pieces 2 5/8..” and then wipe it off. I have 5 bags of sand weighing down. Each bag is about 35#.

The next day I trimmed of the excess and made the table flush with the frame.

Phase one done. On to phase two – after baking 40 banana breads for Christmas.

-- Harold

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 10:54 AM

This is quite a good design and a real space saver for a small shop. It’s portability is also a big plus, not to mention the storage if you do that too.

When I ‘furnished’ my shop here in Norway there were no small planers available at the time so my best option was to buy a combination machine comprised of 5 woodworking machines in an area of about 1 square yard. That said I still need other space saving ideas for my small 220 sq.ft. shop. Too bad we can’t make a whole shop that flips around like your project!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 02:25 PM

Mike – you have a 5 combination machine? What does it do? Any photos.

Thanks for posting. I’m looking forward to getting the next phase started. And yes, I plan on drawers or bins. Just have to see how much room is left when the drill is on the bottom.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 03:26 PM

Hi Harold. My combo machine is a tablesaw with a slider, a shaper (don’t use the shaper much), a mortiser, a 7-1/2” jointer and a dimension planer. Here’s a photo from my workshop page.

The mortiser table attaches on the side next to the glass doors. I have it on wheels so I have to spin the machine around to use the jointer, planer and mortiser. The machine has 3 motors, 1 for the saw, one for the jointer/planer/mortiser and 1 for the shaper.

I doubt you can buy this machine in the USA. It is made by Kitty in Belgium. It was about half the price compared to most machines of this kind, but lower capacity and lighter weight. I’ve had it for almost 14 years now and everything still works as good as new. On the down side the maximum saw height is only slightly more than a couple of inches. Not a problem for me as I have a big and powerful bandsaw.

Combinaton machines are a perfect solution for very small shops like mine. Have a look at my workshop page and you will see what I mean.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 03:44 PM

Thanks for posting the photo, Mike,. Very nice.

-- Harold

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 06:09 PM

Hey Harold… Somehow I missed this post. Saw part 2 and had to come back and check this out. Looks great. Cant wait to read/see the next phase. I need one of these in my shop…. it is shrinking all the time. :)

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