Flip-Top toll bench

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Project by lanwater posted 09-21-2010 07:16 PM 12735 views 43 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build one of those flip-top tool bench for 2 reasons:
1-I do not have to move my planer from a shelf to the bench everytime I wanted to use it (heavy).
2-Gain more space.

I got this design from “The complete small shop” from Shopsmith. I also saw similar designs here on LJ.

The base foot print is 24”x24” and the height (withoutt casters) is 29”. The casters are 3”. Lag screws are used in securing the casters as well as the planer and the sander.
It took a full sheet and another third of 3/4 plywood to complete.
The bottom is made of 24 1/2×24 1/2 to account for the dado.
The top is made of 2 pieces of 24×24 and 4 pieces of 2” wide oak that goes in between.
4 eylet screws are used to secure the top to the sides.
The pivoting is done around a 1” dowel 3” long secured to the top (not the sides)

It flips nicely without much effort. My only worry is that the planer will come down crashing on the floor because the lag screw did not hold the weight.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Michael J

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 07:31 PM

Nice job. I’m laughing right now because I have been thinking about building one of these yesterday for the exact same tools no less. :)

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 07:34 PM

Hello Lanwater

I’m interested with your beautiful project

Can you post pictures for the pivoting system

I want to do one project like this for some heavy machines

Thanks for sharing I like it

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 07:58 PM

Great idea. I too have been thinking about this for my shop.

Lets do I have time to get into the shop today? Well at work at the moment 8:00 – 4:30, then eat dinner, 5:00-5:30, then mow the rest of the lawn 5:30 to 8:30 (big yard), then fix shelve in wifes closet, (hers always falls down to much stuff on it.) 8:30 to 9:30 it’s a small fix but tons of her stuff in the way. Clean up the speck of something that I’m sure I will leave behind, 9:30-10:00 Well looks like no shop time tonight.

AH tomorrow!!!!

-- Ray

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 08:02 PM

Nice project. I’ve been thinking of making one of these. Looking at yours and how well it works gives me some more motivation to get moving on it.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 08:06 PM

Now that is a clever use of space not to mention a back saver.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 08:07 PM

Nicely done!

Diggerjacks: I did a similar one, and my post contains some detail photos that might help.

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

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 08:12 PM

Hello Charlie

Thanks a lot for yours pictures and yours details will really might help me

Thanks for the link

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 08:40 PM

Great job, I really need one of these.

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

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 09:21 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Charlie, thank you for the link to your project with the extra pictures.

DiggerJaks I will send you a PM regarding the details for the pivot tomorrow when I get back home.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 10:23 PM

That is so funny! I have both machines and I also do have a shop smith unit. This looks like a great unit, I already have the cart that came with the Planner, Thats a beefy unit it’s self, but I like the idea of two units on one cart, very cool

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#11 posted 09-22-2010 01:40 AM

Nice job its always good to save some space

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 09-22-2010 03:38 AM

Really cool! Thats a clever way to save some space.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 09-22-2010 03:38 AM

Great idea!

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#14 posted 09-22-2010 05:52 AM

Thanks a lot for the nice comments.

Deke: The challange has been taken by another member of LJ I believe; I do nothave the link.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 09-22-2010 12:26 PM

I’m going to build one of these for my table top bandsaw and jigsaw. I had the same worry about the lag screws, so I’m going with bolts and those nuts that have spurs that hold them in place.

I may do another one for my drill press and belt/disk sander as well.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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