Flip Top Planer Cart

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Project by USCJeff posted 10-21-2007 06:51 AM 13049 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project that was much needed in trying to manage space in a one car garage shop. The cart is pretty straight forward. I designed the miter saw recessed area (pic #1 shows cart under miter) many months ago with this cart in mind. I think I’ll use the planer more now that I don’t have to keep lifting it up each use. The case sides and bottom are MDF. The top is two pieces of MDF with an MDF “apron” to hollow it. There is a steel pipe running through the hollow which allows it to flip. I used hardboard for the side opposite the planer so as to make it a decent side table if needed. The top locks in place using the latch and bolt pictured in photo 3. I finished it off with some magnetic tool holders (pic #1) that had been sitting in a drawer for many months. Every inch counts!

NOTE: You might notice the dinky casters on the bottom. The company I work for is very budget conscious, so they bought some cheap office chairs for many of the branches. Naturally, they break pretty frequently. I make a habit of pocketing the casters when this happens. There are five on the planer cart. They’ll fail for sure in the future as planers are heavy, but I can’t pass up free for the meantime!

I’m toying with the idea of adding some type of infeed/outfeed extension beds. I think I’ll either make some kind of “easy on/off” knock down type beds, or maybe some type of pivot up/down extension.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 10-21-2007 06:58 AM

Well done. Looks to be very functional.

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#2 posted 10-21-2007 08:42 AM

Cool ideas! Bravo Jeff.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 10-21-2007 01:01 PM

Seen an article on this…somewhere. Theirs had a planer on one side and a bench grinder on the other, I think. Nice to see it’s functional. The “dinky” casters are alright and should last as long as you keep it in the garage, but do they lock? These planers need a solid mounting surface especially if you’re gonna plane any long boards. Damn near tipped mine off the bench while planing a 10 footer! That would’ve been an interesting mess.

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#4 posted 10-21-2007 01:04 PM

There’s a sheet goods storage system I scabbed together from three or four different shop tips that works really well in my garage/shop/lab. You might find this helpful.

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#5 posted 10-21-2007 02:25 PM

That is a great idea. I saw the flip bench also in some mag but thought it was not very practical. It looked to heavy but this is a great adaptation on that idea. Great space saver and your probably are correct in that you will use it more now that you do not have to lift it out every time you want to work the wood.

Magnetic holders – I have seen them a lot, do they really work? Do they hold the tools with all the vibration?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 10-21-2007 03:49 PM

Good idea. The planer is one of those things that seems to need to be tucked away most of the time. Maybe you will be better at it, but one thing that I would suggest for the infeed/outfeed extension table is to make it all the same board that continues through the planer and has fold down legs at both ends. I never could get seperate tables to line up right withought snipe on my cheap Ryobi. Then you just slide it out and keep it in the corner for storage.

Again, looking good,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-21-2007 08:57 PM

Jeff: You stole my router and miter saw! Only kidding, both are good tools.

Great cart.

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#8 posted 10-22-2007 03:01 AM


Great way to provide a home for the planer. I have seen this idea before. And, I may have to go this route with mine. I’m definitely with you on the idea of not wanting to be lifting my machine every time I want to plane a board.

I guess my only question would be, will it have any adverse effects on the planer by storing it upside down?

Thanks a lot for sharing this idea with us!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 10-22-2007 04:42 AM

Tom, hadn’t heard anything about it hanging inverted. No problems come to mind.

SnowDog: The magnetic holders are pretty strong. The two on the cart were actually one that I cut in half. Bought a bunch at Harbor Freight for $3 or $4. They have held as many chisels and wrenches that I can get on them without fail so far. They aren’t quite earth magnets though.

To all: Yes, this design is nothing new. I think I last saw it in Shopnotes. The same article had the nook for the tablesaw rails to hide under.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#10 posted 01-22-2008 08:05 AM

Cool. I like yours too. Good use of the magnet strips.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 06:51 PM

That looks great! I’m sorry I missed this first time by. Thank goodness for Pulse.

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#12 posted 08-04-2009 02:15 AM

Nice cart.

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#13 posted 08-30-2011 05:04 AM

I like updating my shop things after some real use. I changed a lot of things on this one vs. what I originally thought would work. Mainly it wasn’t built sturdy enough in a few areas. I still have the planer and sander mounted and both are heavy as far as benchtop machines go. The sander wouldn’t fit in the inverted position if the arm angle was vertical. Needed a few more inches. The casters (salvaged from office chair I think) didn’t handle well with the weight. Had to upgrade those. It also didn’t work great when applying lateral pressure. I had to reinforce some joints to keep it solid. After the bugs were fixed, it still is very much in use.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#14 posted 02-18-2014 05:22 PM

i have not figured out how to do the top yet any ideas

-- jrm123

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#15 posted 02-23-2014 03:41 PM

I made the top a hollow box using three layers of MDF. Drill holes to fit a pipe on the centered on the sides. Its important to be centered both horizontally and vertically to ensure it rotates even and the locks match and both positions Put some caps on the threaded ends on the outside to hold in place. don’t skimp on the harbor used to make the actual box for the bottom. if you’re using It for a Planer there will be some pressure on the joints. I ended up switching if from a single tool to having a tool on both sides. a disc sander in my case

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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