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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 01-24-2020 02:06 AM 861 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For many years I have been wanting to make this cool tool storage cart. I can mount my planer and jointer in a small footprint. To access either machine I can unscrew the knobs on side, flip knobs out and flip over. You can mount other types of tools if you wanted. Like drill press, disk sander, etc.

I made this unit out of one piece of 3/4 plywood. (Had wood left over). Overall rough size is 23 1/4 deep x 24” wide x 30” tall. It has 2” casters on bottom.

I may add a drawer in the bottom to store accessories that go with each machine. Estimated cost to build is around $75.00

I loved it so much that I built another one so I can mount my spindle sander and jigsaw. If you are interested go to www.steve4wood.tumblr.com to see the plans with material list.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa





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#1 posted 01-24-2020 02:13 AM

Looks like it should work well. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-24-2020 02:15 AM

Thanks Mel…

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#3 posted 01-24-2020 02:31 AM

These seem like a great way to maximize the use of space in a shop.

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#4 posted 01-24-2020 05:03 AM

Plenty of this around, makes good sense for a sq/ft challenged shop.

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#5 posted 01-24-2020 06:16 AM

These work great, had one for a few years. My only issue was that I always seemed to need both tools at the same time to go back and forth to. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 01-24-2020 04:34 PM

Hmm, The link flashes the steve4wood logo for a nano second before going to a clever wood projects site that can’t even find the word “flip”. Looks fishy to me

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#7 posted 01-24-2020 04:51 PM

I like mine. It made good sense in my small shop. I have my planer on one side on my miter saw (which I hardly ever use) on the other.
I think you will enjoy it.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#8 posted 01-24-2020 07:18 PM

Nice work. I’m planning a couple of these myself with similar tools: jointer/planer on one and sanders on the other with belt/disc on one side and spindle on the other.

I’m wondering how rigid the jointer/planer stand you made is without a board or something bracing between the top and bottom.

I have a one car garage that has to hold my wife’s car most of the time, so all of my tools have to fit either in a narrow space along the wall or the 5×7’ closet in the back.

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#9 posted 01-24-2020 07:47 PM

Hello AM420,

Not real sure exactly what you are asking? First of all the stand is very sturdy. The bottom cross board is recessed into side boards by 1/4” per side. Plus having the lowest cross member. This keeps the stand from racking. To me this the key to making it sturdy. The top flip table also helps make it sturdy. Especially after I screw the knobs in.

Please feel free to respond. I will be glad to help you the best I can.

Best Regards
Tom

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#10 posted 01-24-2020 10:20 PM



I m wondering how rigid the jointer/planer stand you made is without a board or something bracing between the top and bottom

I built one recently and can help w my experiences. Most people put drawer on the bottom which adds horizontal shelf about 5 or 6” from the bottom when you add solid backing to that drawer it helps stiffen the unit on bottom. Next You add some bracing above that making sure your tools clear it. I”m doing that this weekends will add picture if I can. My unit is taller so I have two drawers at the bottom.

The method tom uses here for fixing the flip shelf is one of the best methods to add rigidity for the top. It pulls the side in and holds them steady. I used wings on mine and fastened them to the side with Latches that pull the shelf down. What I noticed is it adds no rigidity. If I were redoing mine I’d use this method.

I got almost all of it accept the drawer our of a single sheet of plywood.

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AM420

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#11 posted 01-25-2020 01:43 AM



Hello AM420,

Not real sure exactly what you are asking? First of all the stand is very sturdy. The bottom cross board is recessed into side boards by 1/4” per side. Plus having the lowest cross member. This keeps the stand from racking. To me this the key to making it sturdy. The top flip table also helps make it sturdy. Especially after I screw the knobs in.

Please feel free to respond. I will be glad to help you the best I can.

Best Regards
Tom

- Tom Pritchard

Thanks! Looking forward to making my own!

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