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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 01-26-2019 03:18 AM 1105 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had planned on getting some much needed tools for the shop, one of these tools was a planer (thickness-er) and then realized that I had no where to put the tool and from what I had researched this planer is quite heavy, so I decided to build a multi-tool cart and the best way to do have 2 tools in cart is to make it a flip top cart.

I was also going to put my oscillating spindle sander on the cart as well, until it met a horrible accident and fell and broke in a million pieces, so the money that I was saving was now being used to buy a new spindle sander, and I decided to upgrade the spindle sander that I had which was the Wen sander and decided to get the Rigid Oscillating belt/spindle sander.

MATERIALS

Here is what you need to build this cart:

(1) Sheet of 3/4” plywood

(1) Half Sheet of 1/4” plywood

(2) 1” x 2” dimensional lumber

(4) 3” Casters

1-1/4” wood & pocket screws

3/4” wood screws

Lag screws (sized to tool)

(1) Drawer Pull

(4) 5-16” x 3-1/4” long eye bolt

(4) 5/16” fender washer

(4) 5/16” threaded knob

(1) 3’ x 3/4” steel tube

(4) 3/8” x 2-1/2” long hex bolt

(8) 3/8” flat washer

(4) 3/8” nut


INSPIRATION & PLANS

On this project I actually purchased the plans for the build from “ Fix This Build That” and then actually sourced a video from a different YouTube favorite of mine “Crafted” and his build video is below. I did not make plans for this and I have included a link below to purchase the plans from Fix This Build That below I paid $9.00 for the plans and they are excellent.

JOINERY
I chose pocket hole joinery for the majority of this build for a few reasons, its quick sturdy and avoids the need to have tons of clamps.

THE FLIP-TOP
So the flip top on the cart could not be easier to make but it does take a couple of steps. Basically the flip-top is a sandwich of plywood top and bottom panels with 3/4” thick pieces positioned at the front, back and sides. You will also need additional pieces for the center of the top to use for securing whatever tools you will be mounting to it, this hole assembly then has a 3/4” metal pipe go right through the middle of the panel that positions the top into the cart from the previously drill holes in the sides in a previous step.

LOCKING MECHANISM PARTS

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
So I added a few organisational upgrades to the cart, which were:

On board power cord management, I purchased a roll of velcro straps to organise the power cord for the sander, this could not have been easier I basically put a screw and washer through the Velcro and wrapped the power cord up in it, pictures below.

I also added a power strip to one of the sides so as that I could plug the tools in directly there and not worry about power cords running over the whole shop.

I am very happy with how the cart came out and I think down the road I might make another as they are great space savers but more than it, I am guilty of if a tool is not immediately accessible I don’t use. Also if you would like a more detailed step by step on the project click here

Thanks for reading!!!!! hay one more thing my stay at home days are coming to an end and so does my free time, so you will not see much from me in the future, I actually fot a job with a professional carpenter who specializes in fine furniture building and he agreed to take me on and show me some stuff. I start next month!!!! so wish me luck and keep making saw dust

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com





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SirGareth

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 06:02 PM

Very nice Ed!

I am actually working on two of these same carts right now, also using the plans from “Fix This Build That”. One will be for my planer and Rigid oscillating sander. The other… I’m not sure yet. I just figured that if I was building one, I probably would want another when I’m done. So, it was easier to batch out all the parts at once.

I like your idea of having an on-board power strip. Do the cords limit the flip of the cart in any way?

Thanks for sharing!
Sir Gareth

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#2 posted 01-26-2019 06:42 PM



Very nice Ed!

I am actually working on two of these same carts right now, also using the plans from “Fix This Build That”. One will be for my planer and Rigid oscillating sander. The other… I m not sure yet. I just figured that if I was building one, I probably would want another when I m done. So, it was easier to batch out all the parts at once.

I like your idea of having an on-board power strip. Do the cords limit the flip of the cart in any way?

Thanks for sharing!
Sir Gareth

- SirGareth


Thank you… the power cords of the two tools mounted might interfere with turning it there why I used the cord ties on the cart… I will be also adding a planner once I get it

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Calmudgeon

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#3 posted 01-27-2019 02:12 PM

Just a word on the Ridgid oscillating sander. Good choice. I have a fairly well-equipped shop (20” spiral cutter planer, 8”spiral jointer, 17” bandsaw, Unisaw, ...) but when it comes to value for the dollar spent, it’s hard to beat the Ridgid sander.

It initially caused me some grief as it came with a motor on recall, which quickly burned out. Then the first motor sent as a replacement was also on recall. Then the oscillating quit. But long story short, the lifetime warranty took care of all of that, and it remains a cornerstone in my shop. It’s invaluable for removing saw marks from ripped material, and very few components of my projects don’t make a pass or two over its table..

When you factor in that it’s two tools in one and it only costs $250 ($CDN) it’s hard to beat for any small to medium sized shop.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#4 posted 01-27-2019 04:03 PM



Just a word on the Ridgid oscillating sander. Good choice. I have a fairly well-equipped shop (20” spiral cutter planer, 8”spiral jointer, 17” bandsaw, Unisaw, ...) but when it comes to value for the dollar spent, it s hard to beat the Ridgid sander.

It initially caused me some grief as it came with a motor on recall, which quickly burned out. Then the first motor sent as a replacement was also on recall. Then the oscillating quit. But long story short, the lifetime warranty took care of all of that, and it remains a cornerstone in my shop. It s invaluable for removing saw marks from ripped material, and very few components of my projects don t make a pass or two over its table..

When you factor in that it s two tools in one and it only costs $250 ($CDN) it s hard to beat for any small to medium sized shop.

- Calmudgeon


Thanks for your feedback I agreee I usually only had a spindle sander and a cheap one at that until that broke in the making of the this cart !!! I have so many Ridgid tools in my shop and for the most part the quality is good except for the tables saw !!!

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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greg48

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#5 posted 01-28-2019 02:26 AM

Good luck with your new endeavors Ed. Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#6 posted 01-28-2019 03:05 AM



Good luck with your new endeavors Ed. Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open.

- greg48


Thanks Greg I will !!! I’m a nervous wreck just thinking about it but I will give it my best !!! It’s something I need to know whether I cut it in a real shop !!! Ya know

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 04-12-2019 10:11 PM

Great project. I was wondering. If one tool is hanging upside down under the top tool, will the vibrations loosen the screws and bolts on the one hanging upside down?

-- James E McIntyre

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#8 posted 04-12-2019 10:56 PM



Great project. I was wondering. If one tool is hanging upside down under the top tool, will the vibrations loosen the screws and bolts on the one hanging upside down?

- James E McIntyre


Hi Again James to be honest I have yet to purchase the planer for the other side so I don’t know

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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James E McIntyre

361 posts in 1657 days


#9 posted 04-13-2019 05:21 PM

You should check with the tool manufacturer and ask them if they will stand buy their warranty if one of their jointers is hanging up side down attached to the same board, while another machine is running and vibrating above it.

Once I tried to make a type of scroll saw by attaching a Dewalt jig saw under a 3/4” piece of plywood.
The vibrations loosened the mechanism that holds the blade in place. I took it to an authorized repair shop.
They couldn’t fix it. I had to buy a new one.

Maybe it will be ok and only shake he sawdust out.

Good luck.

-- James E McIntyre

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