Planer flip top stand

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Project by Davedust posted 03-20-2008 07:04 AM 20181 views 32 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the idea from a FWW article. I adapted it to fit my shop and planer. I used some cheep ($27) 3/4 birch plywood and scraps I had around the shop (some ash and some poplar) I got the 3” wheels from woodcraft, they were the best I could find all metal hardware and soft wheels. the wheels and swivel both lock.

Update 03/20/08:
I think it was in the latest tools and shop, it was part of the article about building a detached shop. The hardware to make it swivel is 5/8 steel rod. The mag called for a 1/2” rod, but at the local steel yard they didn’t have any in the remnant bin so I over engineered it. In the top a torsion box of hardwood the rod goes through the center. on each end are a couple of washers and then it goes into the first layer of the sides. I did the joints a little different than the article showed, each side is a sandwich of two 3/4” ply, the inside one I cut about 3/4” short so it sits on top of the base and the outside one hides the end of the base ply. I didn’t use any fasteners other than the 1/4” 4 1/2” bolts to secure the planer to the top, lags for the wheels, and #8 Wood screws for the flip levers. Its really stable. when you release the levers the planer will flip all on its own upside down, hold onto it so its a controlled flip. Flipping it back over is a little bit of work, but its so much easier then having to pick it up and carry it somewhere (almost 100lbs)

-- Im not rich, just single with no kids...

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 07:20 AM

Nice project – thinking about making a couple of these flip tops for some of my tools. Kind of stores 2 in one space. Gizmodyne posted a very similar flip top stand awhile back.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 07:20 AM

I’ve been thinking of doing this with my planer. Let me know how stable it is when using it.


-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 11:27 AM

Hi Dave,

Very practical project. It makes the planer mobile and gets it out of the way when it is not being used while providing some extra bench space.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 01:39 PM

i like this idea . gizmo seemed quite pleased with how his worked out . im thinking about a much smaller desk top version , wallet on one side checkbook on the other ! lol seems like my most used tools . great job dave !

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 02:27 PM

that is a great project.

do you know where the fww article is listed? i’d like to see that one.

thank you,

-- Greg, CT

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 02:36 PM

I never even thought of “flip Top”. What a great idea. That’s one to put in the to-do-list.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 02:44 PM

This would be really handy for someone with limited shop space, like me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 02:47 PM

I really want one of these, I keep my planer on the floor and hate having to lug it up onto the bench to use, thing weighs a ton.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 03:18 PM

I so have to make one of these!!!!!

-- Kevin

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 03:42 PM

What kind of hardware did you use for the actual swivel? I’m thinking of mounting my 12 1/2” planer on one side, maybe my scroll saw on the other…should I use some sort of counterweight to equalize the weight? Great idea, Davedust!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 05:00 PM

Great job. Giz you have some competition.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 05:27 PM

Great project.

I had considered this for my Delta table top planer, but not for my DeWalt like yours.

The Delta is quite a bit lighter than the Dewalt. I thought the DeWalt too heavy for this idea. Does it flip easily? Stability?

On a related note – has anyone put out the money for the DeWalt bed extension wings? Is it worth the purchase?

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 05:35 PM

I built this exact unit a couple years back, have my 13” Rigid planer on one side and a Grizzly belt sander on the other. I use one bay of a three car garage as my workshop, but back the cars out when I want to do big work, so everything’s on casters…and this has been a life-saver for me, saving me at least one stand. Very stable with either tool. The only panic moments are when you do the flip. You want to make sure you have all your fingers out of the way, and make it a CONTROLLED flip. Otherwise, a great little utility cart….

-- Dan in Dallas

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#14 posted 03-20-2008 06:00 PM

That is slick, very slick. I’m invisioning the whole shop like this, you know like TRANSFORMERS for wood workers…. yup I like it.

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#15 posted 03-20-2008 06:07 PM

Paul, I bought the DeWalt 735 Planer bed extension wings a couple of days ago. They seem to be well made and were very easy to install (outside of having to unbolt the planer from the stand to get access to the bottom). Kinda wonder why they weren’t included with the planer in the first place; just to keep the planer price a little lower?
The infeed extension can fold up out of the way when not in use when but the chip outlet stops the outfeed table from folding up very far.
I haven’t had a chance to actually use the planer since they were installed so I can’t give you the important information.

-- Daibach on the Wet Coast

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