YAFTPS- Yet Another Flip Top Planer Stand

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Project by Michael J posted 05-30-2011 12:41 AM 17000 views 43 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building my version of the flip top planer stand to hold my Dewalt planer and Ridgid oscilating spindle sander. I took inspiration from a few plans that I saw in various magazines as well as Gizmodyne’s posted here on LJ’s. It’s constructed of birch ply, trimmed in birch and finished with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. For my version, I sandwhiched a metal pipe between 2 pieces of ply and then ran a piece of threaded rod through that to allow it to rotate on the stand. To lock the table, I used threaded knobs that go through the side and screw into threaded brass inserts in the flip top. It works great and helps me save space in my small 2 car garage/shop. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 01:00 AM

Very nice. Very nice indeed. I have that same sander and an older Dewalt 733. That drawer looks like a good place to store accessories for the sander also – keep things nearby. Great space-saving idea and it looks great.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 01:08 AM

The cabinet almost looks too good to use in a shop – great work!

I like the idea of the inserted pipe to allow easier rotation – thanks for the ideas!


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#3 posted 05-30-2011 03:05 AM

Nice, I need to do one of these for my planer and miter saw.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 07:15 AM

NIce work. Didn’t Craftsman sell a metal version of something like this that had three aspects? Not sure what size tools but certainly not this big.

-- Third rail

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 01:04 AM

Nice work, I made one a while back and love it. They’re a great addition to the shop. I have my Planer and Chop saw on mine.

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

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 04:31 AM

It looks great, and I bet it works just as well. I have the say planer, and will be building one.
I’m wondering if you used the existing holes in the base, or did you drill more holes, or some other method to secure it to the top?

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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Michael J

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 03:07 PM

falegniam, I used the existing holes in the base to mount it to the top. I drilled holes using the holes in the base of the planer as my guide and then used counter sunk T-nuts on the other side to fasten them to. To make the holes, just make sure you raise the planer up high to have access and I would recommend only doing 2 diagonally from each other and get those fastened before drilling the holes for the other 2. I had some problems getting all 4 to align properly doing them all at once.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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Jorge Velez

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 03:38 AM

nice work, thks for the tips on the pipe mec

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 05:26 AM

Looks like just the ticket. Nice job.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 06-19-2011 07:44 AM

Gotta get around to building one of these. thanks for posting.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#11 posted 11-04-2013 04:00 PM

Very nice! Seems like a lot of weight on that single pivot point (although I guess the rotation locks provide some support). Any concerns?

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#12 posted 02-13-2014 02:34 PM

is there anyway that i can get the plans to this one . i just bought myself a planer and want to make one and my next tool is the ridgid oscillatating spindle

-- jrm123

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Michael J

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#13 posted 03-14-2014 05:48 AM

KenGar624, The weight hasn’t proven to be a problem at all. I think the 2 laminated sheets of plywood on each side provide plenty of stability. I have absolutely 0 concerns about it.

jimmy- I’m sorry that I don’t have any plans. I just sort of sketched it out on scrap paper before building.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#14 posted 10-24-2014 05:06 PM

This looks like almost exactly what I need. I believe I’ll be throwing one together soon, although I’m not sure mine will look quite as nice! Great work and thanks for posting.

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