Flip Top Mobile Tool Cart

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 10-08-2012 03:49 AM 28560 views 49 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cart a couple of months ago. It has been working just fine for me. When I run the planer, I roll it out into the driveway and hook up my shop vac to the dust port.

I made it out of 2x lumber ripped from some 2×10 and some 2×4’s left over from my old work bench. The pivot is a pair of 5/8” solid aluminum rod, each about 5 inches long. This worked out great because I had some left over from a previous project and I had the bit (21/32”) which gives the rod a little room to swivel.

The table is two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood with a mdf layer in the middle.
I have four locking casters to keep the cart in place when I am using it.

Rotating the top is no problem. I can do it with one hand. I do need to trim the extra threaded rod on each corner. Just been lazy about that.

Just in case you might be wondering if the cart is sturdy, well, it is very sturdy. I built each side and then connected them with the cross pieces. Everything is glued and screwed.

I didn’t have any plans, just saw some on You Tube and a few posted here. Basically I just winged it. I did model it sorta like the plans posted in Shop Notes only they used plywood for the sides.

Hope you like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 04:02 AM

very simple and straight forward

looks like a great help

well done

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 04:19 AM

The planer looks like it would be much heavier. Did it take much fussing to balance everything?

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 05:02 AM

My brother has a bench from Sears that has a rotating prism (triangular lobe) for three power tools. He doesn’t use it very much as he has replaced the tools mounted on it with better individual power tools. It was supposed to be a space saver for small shops but I don’t think Sears sells that anymore because of the caliber of tools mounted on it!

I don’t think out will have that problem as your tools are better!

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 06:00 AM

On a related note… do you like that spindle sander?

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 01:27 PM

@ wormil – There is a weight difference but it is still easy to rotate the tools. The planer weighs 80# and the sander is about 35# (or thereabouts). I just hold onto the tools and rotate the top and then lock it down.

@ klassenl – the sander has worked well for me. I used the coupon in Wood magazine a few months back. I just noticed yesterday that it is on sale again in the magazine for $89. That is what I paid.

Note: I do need to either make a shelf or maybe a drawer because when the sander is upside down, some of the parts like to fall off. :-) Having a shelf would catch them, but a drawer would give me a place to store the spacers and spindles.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 02:56 PM

Now this looks like something I could build ! Nice and simple…just like me ! LOL

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 03:33 PM

Looks good and strong and it will surely save you some space. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 04:02 PM

I could use one of these! Nice way to save space! Well done!

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 08:20 PM

Nice simple design and looks very sturdy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have mine.

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 10:46 PM

You beat me to the finish. I’m building for the same setup except now I’m hedging between my HR osc. sander and an old 4” belt/disc sander combo, verses my ridgid planer. I believe the locking mechanism is the shop notes or woodsmith design, IIRC. Thanks for the tip about falling inserts and sanding tubes. Maybe a narrow side compartment in place of a side panel would work. I’m also looking at this under-the-bench flip top from Wood Magazine, for a mortiser, if I can figure out how to make it slide onto the bench verses just in front of it. Bench top real estate is prime property. Anything I can do to clear the workspace is worth the effort.

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 11:20 PM

Great space saver

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#12 posted 10-09-2012 01:26 AM

Hey, I like that design, and the way you have that stop along the edge looks like it stabilizes the top better than some of the other designs I’ve seen that use pins. Nice job!

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 01:03 PM

Looks good, and a nice way to have 2 tools in one spot. Nice build.

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#14 posted 01-19-2013 07:45 PM

Thanks Roger.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 01:46 AM

I have the same planer. I had seen someone with a similar piece but the two tools were different. I wondered about the weight of the planer. Looks as though it’s working well for you so I guess when I get to this point I can give it a try.
Thanks for sharing!

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