Flip Top Stand for Planer and Sander

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Project by dustysawyer posted 05-19-2011 03:22 AM 9836 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is 18×20. That is 18ft long by 20 inches wide. (What’s left of our garage with both cars in) All my equipment and work benches fold up or down or roll around or all three. When I got my surface planer, I had to get to work. Because of their weight, neither the sander or the planer are easy to horse up to a bench top. There are several much more classy stands than this that can be found on this site but I had most of the sheet goods leftover from other projects and got it done in a day and a half. I used 1/2” steel rod, nylon bushings, and collars from the local hardware store for the pivot function. The lid to the lower bin is hinged and can be opened from either side.

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Paul Pomerleau

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 03:29 AM

Haha… 18ft by 20 inches… I love it !!
I really need to make a cart like this, is there any way you can send me a message with more detail on how you did it?
I have that same sander, doesn’t the washers and spacers fall out of their pockets when you flip it over? Even with the table down?
Again, you did a great job with it.
Very handy.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 03:34 AM

Looks like you were pretty confident, sizing it to fit so close. I chickened out, and mine ended up a couple of inches oversized in both directions.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 04:03 AM

Great design. I like to see pictures of your shop.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 04:14 AM

That cart design is in a Wood magazine shop edition that I’ve been holding on to for at least 4 years always saying I’m going to make that flip top cart some day. Some day still ain’t here yet, but some day. Nice job.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 04:18 AM

Paul, look for “The complete small shop” supplement published by the same folks behind “Shop Notes” and “Woodsmith” magazines. It has a set of plans for something similar.

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 04:40 AM

Thanks for the comments. Paul, I didn’t try putting the washers, spacers and sanding drums in their slots. I just store them in the lower bin. Here’s the link I based my stand on . I’ve since seen several features I liked by typing in flip top in the search window of the LJ site. JJohnston, I mounted the planer first then had to do a little “carving” on the base of the sander to make room for the planer bolts. Wood Miester, I’m going to post my “mini shop” but I’m waiting to get my dust collection. I’ve been considering the wall mount system from Rockler. Any thoughts on that?

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 04:45 AM

I hear ya there 18×20inches! I need to build one of these myself! how much does your planer weigh? mine is a Grizzly and its a tank!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 04:58 AM

Lucky Dawg, It weighs 85 pounds. When you release the latches and give it a spin, the sander always ends up on top :-)

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#9 posted 05-19-2011 07:48 AM

Hi Dusty,

Nice and cute flip table.

Sides are 3/4” Ply?
I´m about to make one. But all I´ve seen call for a 1 1/2” sides ( 2 x 0,75” Ply)

I am planning to put only the planner, and use it as outfeed.


-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 05-19-2011 07:55 AM

Oh, I have just read the editorial of your link

One thing that puzzled me with most of the other fliptop stands that I’ve come across is that people would double-up the plywood for the sides. Why? Plywood standing on edge is really, really strong. I’m sticking with just one thickness of plywood. However, I did add a narrow 1-5/8” strip on each edge.

I think I´ll also go in the 3/4” ply side direction. If this guy made the table 4 yrs ago and is still alive, is enough time for me.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 05-19-2011 10:56 AM

Nice work, I made one a while ago and posted on here as well. I love it! Well done.

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

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#12 posted 05-19-2011 11:30 AM

These are very handy for small shops like ours. I started making one a while back and put it on my blog. It’s not finished yet, but it works great right now.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#13 posted 06-17-2011 02:32 AM

I have the same sander and a portable planer, this is going to be a must have for me i think. looks good.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#14 posted 11-25-2013 04:37 PM

This is one of the best ones I’ve seen. Almost without fail the cabinets on these things are way oversized. It looks like your tools fit well and have just the right bottom clearance, usually these are made because shops are small but then people make the cabinet much bigger than the 2 tools in the first place, in a way defeating the purpose. Yours looks really sturdy with the bottom support. Also, thanks for the idea of mounting the sander sideways.


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#15 posted 11-25-2013 05:08 PM

tmiller, It’s still holding up well and remains! Evidently I used just enough material for it to last without wasting space. I get as much satisfaction out of building and using jigs and fixtures as I do making projects. The cross cut sled and the table saw extension router table are my favorites.

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