Planer/Sander stand

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Project by PCorl posted 04-22-2014 05:25 PM 11707 views 24 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to build one of these rotating top stands for a long time. I finally got around to it and am very pleased with the way it came out. I would like to take full credit for the design but can’t. The design is a combination of many ideas I “borrowed” from different designs I found on the web. The cabinet measures about 24 inches square and is 33 inches tall on the rollers. The top rotates on a 1/2 inch steel rod set into a dado between the layers of the top and on each end sets in a pocket drilled in white oak. I used barrel latches on both sides of the top and they just rest on the top of the sides. The drawer is on full extension slides and measures 8 inches deep. The rollers are all swiveling with brakes. All edges of the plywood are covered with iron on edging and the finish is 3 coats of poly.

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 05:54 PM

Nice job!

I have the same planer and I’m itching to get the Ridgid sander. I’d love to see something like this in my garage.


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#2 posted 04-22-2014 06:34 PM

Looks good, I just sold my setup about 2 months ago, it was a sad day to see it leave!! I spent a lot of time designing mine, but I honestly like my set up I have now better.

Very clean looking cart – well done!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 06:48 PM

Nice! This is on my list!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 09:50 PM

I will be referring to this quite a bit as I build my own since I finally got the ridgid sander. :-)

How do the barrel bolts hold? I was planning on using those as well.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 02:00 AM

So far the barrel bolts work fine. There is one on each corner and there isn’t really that awful much strain on them, most of the weight is on the pivot rod.

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 10:17 AM

Nice work, I have been usign mine for over 4 yrs. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 12:00 PM

Nice and clean. I built mine last fall and wonder why I had not built one sooner. I have not built the drawer yet but need to. I thought about the barrel hinges but went with the eye bolt and screw knob route.

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 01:59 PM

I’ve been considering how I was going to manage everything in my 1 car garage shop. This might be just the thing.

Hmm, I wonder if I can do a benchtop jointer and my midi lathe on a similiar setup…

Great execution of an even better idea.

-- --Shafe

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 02:13 PM

WoodGuyScott. I would imagine so. Balance and structure would be your greatest concern for something like that. I would think, if things were balanced well, when flipping the top, you’d be “lifting” only the weight difference between the two machines. I’d love to see it if you do it!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 04:13 PM

When I made mine I tried the barrel bolts but they tend to vibrate some so i didn’t trust them and just used two by fours with regular door hinges that worked out better for can see it on youtube under …...flip top cart revival…. .....

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 04:45 PM

I need get one of these done.

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#12 posted 11-10-2015 11:12 AM

I have looked at a lot of flip top tool tables. Yours looks like it is well constructed and would be perfect for the limited space I have. I would love to build it. Is there a chance you have plans or was this your own design as you went a long?

-- Ashley

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#13 posted 11-10-2015 12:11 PM

I was interested in building this also I have the same planer and sander but I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t be able to hold the planer since its so heavy when its upside down. So far have you noticed any issues with sagging how about easy of use when flipping the tools around?


-- "Cause I know that time has numbered my days" -Mumford

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