Flip Top Tool Stand For Planer And Drill Press

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Project by fairchildb52 posted 11-18-2009 05:31 PM 25264 views 24 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for my planer and drill press. I needed a stand for my planer and I don’t use my drill press a lot, so it works great to have it out of the way when not in use. It also holds some drill bits and a chuck on the side. The base is mobile. It pivots on a 3/4” piece of conduit.

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 05:34 PM

Well that’s innovative and space-saving.
And your Bunny Mansion is great..what fun.
Are you from Airway Hts?


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#2 posted 11-18-2009 05:37 PM

No, I was at Fairchild AFB from 93-96 and that username has stuck with me. thanks.

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 05:45 PM

Good job. I like the mobile base you designed.

-- He said wood...

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 07:37 PM

I wish I had the plans for your base. I can’t for the life of me figure out how it works. Amazing job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 07:39 PM

Great shop space saving project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 08:30 PM

Smart combination of tools. Nothing’s more annoying that setting up one tool then having to undo it to setup another. Chances are you will never have to leave the planer and go straight to the drill press.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 08:37 PM

That is a real clever mechanical shop made lift. I think Mike just needs a picture with one of the wings up and the pipe out. I’ve been trying to figure out how to have the wheels in order to move tool bases, fixed floor mount during use and avoid the expensive store units.

Do you have a pivot in the center to rotate the planer and drill press or do you have to lift it of and flip it?

I’m not brave enough to do this with a planer weight, but scroll saw and grinder seem fair game.


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#8 posted 11-18-2009 10:17 PM

that’s so cool,, i’m still picking mine up off the floor to use it (planer), man, it’s heavy.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 10:27 PM

Sorry, not the best pics of the overall design. If you look at the first picture, there is a 2×4 above the drill bits. That piece covers the hole for the conduit. Basically I made the base, then the outside walls. Then I made a solid table ( the red stained part ) of 2×4’s that fit insided of the walls. I took 2×4’s and side by side and screwed them together with other 2×4’s perpendicular to them for support. Then I took a drilled a hole though the wall of the outside walls and the tablefor the tools. I used 3/4” counduit to go through the holes and made some wooden washers to go between the table and the wall. Then I put a 2×4 over the ends to cover the conduit to keep it from sliding out. The picture I added shows the from left to right…. 1) the piece covering the conduit, 2) the wall, 3) the wooden washer, 4) the table. To hold the table in place, there is hole on each side that goes through the piece of wood covering the conduit, through the wall and though the table. I stick a piece of 3/4” dowell to hold it in place. I made a hole on each side, but found I only need to use a dowell on one side. You can kinda see the hole in the first picture towards the front above the drill bits, but the dowell is on the other side. The drill press is kinda heavy or awkward to flip, but it really isn’t that bad. I just pull the dowell rod and it’s weight is pretty balanced and I just rotate it. If it were just the weight of a planer and grinder it would be no problem to flip.
The mobile part is similar to my other mobile bases. Four swival casters on a two 2×4’s hinged to the base, then I use the leverage of the conduit pipe to lift the machine. It doesn’t take much to lift the whole thing.

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 11:34 PM

So the planer swings through the square hole in the back? But why the hinges on the sides on the bottom?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 11-19-2009 12:05 AM

When I got shop notes way back when…they sent me a book on organizing small shops….it has a nice plan that is somewhat similar to this one ( I don’t think it is as good)....I am now at the point that I have to consider these for spacesaving….(nice to see one in action by the way)....they also have a lazy susan (or larry if you prefer) type one that locks in place for each tool on the spinning table (it even has accessory storage that rotates with the tool (you can put drawers or what have you in that space) is nice too as it is designed to fit in a corner…By necessity I have come to consider these ideas as my shop has quickly filled up with machines and supplies….now it seems that I am treading water when I need to find a place to use one of my machines – Also I have found that I begrudge the time I have to spend making things to free up the space in my shop…as I just recently finished the “new” shop (converting a 2 stall horse barn)....which I figured that I had plenty of room for at least a little while…....go figure!!!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 12:12 AM

Nice work!

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#13 posted 11-19-2009 01:11 AM

Yes the planer swings through the smaller hole in the back and the drill press swings through the bigger part in the front. It rotates on that pipe going through the center. I will try and post another picture tomorrow of it half way rotated. The hinges at the bottom are similar to the style of mobile base in my previous post. With those steel bars in the position they are in, they press down on the 2×4’s and the tool stand sits on the casters and can be pushed around easily. When I slide the the steel bars to the left and right ( so they are not held by the wooden bracket in the front), it releases the pressure from the 2×4’s and they pivot up on the hinges, which allows the tool stand to sit on the floor.

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 01:18 AM

Here is a youtube link of how the mobile part works, this is were I got the idea. Just changed it a little for the closed in sides of this project.

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 04:45 AM

Nice space saving idea. Well done.
Can I get a close up of that calendar please.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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