Flip Top Carts

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Project by PaulHWood posted 08-13-2015 02:17 AM 3417 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a pair of flip top carts trying to copy Lance’s design. I changed one thing to make it easier for me and that was to us a three ply system for the top, two ply with the middle being MDF. Basically, this allowed me to not have to rout the rod in and to do the glue up with the rod in place. I then edge banded it and drilled a hole in the same location which worked better than I had hoped.

As far as problems, the first cart I built, the dados were very tight and I didn’t assenble for a few days after dryfitting, might have swelled as it was a pain in glue up and really had to rack it to square it up. The second was dryfitted and assembled same day and was square on glue up with no racking.

Drawers are great as any on board storage will obviously fall when tilted.

The last point would be the bolts to hold it in place. These were actually pretty easy to install, and I used four so that the leading face always has bolts on the underside. This way, you only had to align and mount two bolts, then mount the second pair and drill holes where the other two fall. First bolts I used were adequate, and if they were still available when I built the second, I would have likely bought them again, but they weren’t. The next set were priced similiarly and listed as 3” bolts, but upon receiving them they were 3” maybe in total length of assembly and had to be trashed. i found the bolts in the last picture for I thin $14 for all 4 (only a few bucks more than the 3” pins I will call them). After receiving and installing these, I decided i needed to swap the first set out as they are much easier to use and I am pretty sure one bolt would hold the table fine, they also spring into the hole which is a plus.

Picture 1 & 2 are the first cart, 3 shows the draw, 4 is the second cart which will get a mortiser on the other side, but it appears it the base only has two mounting bolts (ideas anyone). Picture 5 is the bolt which i would highly recommend.

Lances design seemed to me to be by and far the best design i could find after much research, and I think it panned out in the build. Many thanks for his video.

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#1 posted 08-13-2015 02:36 AM

well done sir. Looks like a great space saver!

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 02:38 AM

Appears to be a very nice addition to a small shop space!

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#3 posted 08-13-2015 11:47 AM

Nicely done. 2 in 1 saves some space for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-13-2015 03:52 PM

Looks awesome! Do you happen to have a link to Lances video?

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#5 posted 08-13-2015 06:53 PM

or type “no comment flip top” in youtube

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#6 posted 08-13-2015 07:59 PM

Hay Paul,
These look great!
I may borrow a few ideas from yours when I build my next one.
Thanks for sharing.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#7 posted 08-13-2015 09:50 PM

That’s a nice one, I have the same Ridgid/DeWalt as many others. I’ll be replicating this, thanks for posting the youtube link too.

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#8 posted 08-13-2015 10:20 PM

Ya beat me to it. I’m also using Lance’s design. My build is complete but just haven’t had time to put a finish on it. Looks great and definitely helps out with efficient usage of space.

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#9 posted 08-14-2015 01:56 AM

Looks good Paul, the contrasting woods looks nice! Where’s your video of you making it??? lol

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

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#10 posted 08-14-2015 02:48 AM

Awesome job on the flip tops, great idea and well worth the effort on these

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 02-16-2016 01:45 AM

Paul, do you have a link to the 4 locking bolts you purchased? Thanks for sharing your build. They look great!

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#12 posted 02-16-2016 04:40 PM

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