Flip-Top Miter Saw Table

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 06-15-2010 02:30 AM 14422 views 38 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I set out to build a version of this for my planer. The trouble is that I wanted the closed table to fit under my table saw out of the way when not in use. If I put the planer on a short enough table to fit under the saw, it would not sit high enough to use the table saw as an outfeed table for the planer. So…. I went to plan B. I decided to keep the planer on top of the cabinet where my miter saw was mounted, and put the miter saw on the flip-top stand.

The “axle” is 1/2” steel rod sandwiched between layers of 3/4” plywood. It is surrounded by 1/2” plywood to complete the sandwich. I included a few process photos to hopefully make it clear how this was built. I used LOTS of screws and glue to make sure this thing stays together. The end result is that the top is a full 2” thick, which means I could screw down the miter saw and still maintain a smooth surface on the reverse side.

The top has 1/4-20 threaded inserts to accept the knobs on each side that hold everything steady. The axle extends through the cabinet by about 1/2” on each side, so the blocks on either side have a partial hole drilled in them to accept the end of the rod and act as keepers so it cannot work itself out over time.

The rotating action is silky-smooth, and the whole thing is solid as a rock when the knobs are tightened down.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 02:46 AM

very cool. and you can also do inverted cuts with it in the upside down position – very inventive!

but seriously – I wonder if the top in it’s ‘storage mode’ can be set up for a secondary usage?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 02:51 AM

You know I saw a magazine artical where they made a collapsible router table so it could fit under something I don’t beleive it was a table saw.The problem is I don’t remember which mag. it was I’ll have to dig threw my pile.If I find it I’ll lae you know…..........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 02:52 AM

Great idea Charlie…......... I think I may copy you on this but may try to mount my scroll saw on one side and miter saw on the other….......... just have to get the height set right.

Thanks for the idea and sharing!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 02:56 AM

Great looking box, Charlie. ;)

Useful, too!

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 03:32 AM

Sharon, I’m torn because I could definitely use reverse side for another tool, like my belt/spindle sander, but then I’d lose the ability to push it under the saw.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 03:32 AM

Nice work, Charlie.

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 03:56 AM

Super sweet setup Charlie. This will work great for my belt/disc sander and scroll saw. Great job and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#9 posted 06-15-2010 03:59 AM

Great job! And what timing. I want to make one for my planer, that also doubles as an outfeed table for my tablesaw. I just came in from the garage wondering how I would make this. Then I see yours. So, no need to use bearings for the rod ends? My planer is 92 lbs, and I’m not sure if I should use bearings or not for a smooth flip. Any suggestions?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#10 posted 06-15-2010 04:02 AM

Charlie, I know what you mean, but I’m thinking something like a downdraft table sort of thing – something that can be used flat or with minimal thickness – but still be useful, and maybe free some other space that you have right now? just thinking out loud. thats lots of space that can be used somehow (can you tell I have a small shop by my inability to see space and not utilize it?)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 06-15-2010 04:14 AM

Charlie – very nice. I remember seeing something like this in one of my magizines, Lord knows which one.

In other news… tell me how you like your Dust Deputy? I have one, but since my equiptment is older, they do not have dust ports. So….. I’ve not used it yet. I’m going to buy (from Rockler) some aftermarket hoods and pans that will allow me to hook up the little puppy

-- Harold

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 04:35 AM

Have miter saw, will travel. Looks good!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 06-15-2010 05:13 AM

Thanks, Everyone, for the comments.

cranesgonewild: I toyed with idea of bearings. I also thought about epoxying a pipe nipple into the side of the cabinet for the rod to rotate in. In the end, I convinced myself all that was overkill. After all, this is not some motorized, constantly revolving billboard we’re talking about…. it might get turned over a few time a week, or once a month. I guess time will tell. My guess is the worst that can happen is the hole in the side of the cabinet gets slightly enlarged over time, but tightening down the locking screws should still keep it stable.

Sharon: I’d be glad to hear any ideas you come up with. One thing the unused surface will be used for is to clamp my dovetail jig setup to when I need it.

Harold: My dust deputy works great. I don’t have a real collection system set up… I just have a long hose that I can attach to whatever tool I’m using.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 06-15-2010 05:39 AM

Looks good Charlie. I’m surprised you didn’t bring popcorn and ask an electrical question about the box ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 06-15-2010 05:47 AM

Smart idea Charlie.
Great job !

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