Flip Top Cart

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Project by Chauffeur posted 12-27-2019 09:32 PM 1210 views 15 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My workshop is my garage and I am currently challenged by the lack of horizontal work surfaces. The obvious solution was to build a flip top cart to house some of the bench tools that are taking over the place. This is the first. I suspect that one or two similar ones that will follow this one.

I did a fair amount of research of the designs available online. There’s lots of really really good ones, but none inspired me. So… I designed my own, incorporating all of the cool ideas that others have done.

What did I change?

I wanted the design to be a bit more robust. Most designs use plywood sides and varying methods to secure the flip top in position. I added a face frame to provide a bit more rigidity, installed a simple way to lock the top in place, and added a couple black pipe floor flanges to the rotation mechanism.

What ideas did I steal from others? The general concept, power cord management, an accessory drawer, and locking casters.

My back is ecstatic that I will never ever have to lift that damn planer anymore.

Certainly not my best work from a quality standpoint. I had to repeatedly remind myself that this was shop grade and not a piece of furniture.

Life is good.

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 12-27-2019 10:11 PM

Nice tweak to Drew Fisher’s design. Makes me want to figure out a way to modify mine to do something similar with the cord management.

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#2 posted 12-28-2019 01:04 AM

I like the lock mechanism. That seems more robust than many that I’ve seen.

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#3 posted 12-28-2019 01:30 AM

I just may scrap the one I made and copy yours! Looks great! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-28-2019 12:05 PM

Looks more furniture grade than not to me Dave. Great design!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-28-2019 12:43 PM

nice – I can hardly wait to see what happens when you decide to make some furniture

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 12-28-2019 03:40 PM

Great job and some kudos you on your upgrades. Your stops and cord plug in is awesome. Great looking flip stand. If made the basic one 12 yrs ago and she’s still going strong.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-28-2019 03:51 PM

do you have the plans,,

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#8 posted 12-28-2019 08:53 PM

looks great. I just made one myself, but you have incorporated some neat ideas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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