Flip Top Tool Cart

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Project by pwgphoto posted 11-27-2012 11:55 PM 8625 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the Flip Top Tool Cart featured in the “The Complete Small Shop” book that comes with the Shop Notes magazine subscription. Took me a month of part time work here and there, very part time. I use a sheet of Maple plywood I got at Home Depot, cost $40 for the sheet. Some Poplar, I had, for the spacers in the top. Probably another $40 in hardware, including the casters. I have two coats of glossy poly on it.

I am overall, very happy with the cart. I made some mistakes, but it works and looks decent enough. I am fairly new to woodworking and almost every project I do has some learning curve to it. This project, as well as, each one I do will help me get better for the next. I will use the cart for my planer and spindle sander, as seen in the images.

Thanks for looking.

I am also looking forward to posting the jewelry box project I made before this one, but it still needs a finish. Stay tuned.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 12:13 AM

Great idea! I have the EXACT same set up. Same tools and everything. Handy for storage, eh?

-- John, NNY,

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 12:22 AM

Really cool! I might make a few of these for my shop. They look perfect for a planner!

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 02:10 AM

I need a couple for my shop too. Nice job.

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 04:10 AM

In my small garage I do not yet have a planer, jointer, sander nor a bandsaw, but this is pretty keen! I’ve seen similar flip top things and been intimidated, but as you are fairly new to the hobby too, I might just have to make one…. Once I have the need!

Good job for sure!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 01:53 PM

I am sure you could do it 72hw. Not much to it. Cut the plywood to size. Dado the bottom shelf groove. Chamfer the edges for aesthetics. Glue and screw the bottom case together. Glue in the kick boards and wheel blocks, the screw on the casters. Then build the top and install the hardware. Drill the wholes for the pivot rod and install it. Put on a finish, mount your tools and done. Could be done in a weekend if you worked at it.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 02:15 PM

Great job! I have that magazine and have built the TS storage box and plan to build the panel glue up rack and that stand.

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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Rex B

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 02:18 PM

Very nice, I love these flip flop stands and have one planned for when I get my planer.

-- Rex

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 10:25 PM

Nice work. Every job no matter how experienced has a learning curve. Few that look actually know what to look for and the rare critic, well ask them what they have done lately. LOL. I tried something along these lines then went to inserts using pull out drawers. I store the machine (smaller ones not the big boys) under a cabinet and when needed I put it into place and use as needed. Oddly I have a sander comb unit that has yet to go under the table. I have had that drawer pulled out for about 10 years. Yeah well laid out plan right?? LOL

Keep at it.

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

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 11:11 PM

Thanks all. This will be a great addition to my small shop. Before this it was a PIA to use either tool. I had to pull them out of what ever space I was able to store them and lift them onto my work bench. Then hook them up to power and dust collection. This will be so much better. Just roll it close to the DC and power and work away.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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Paul Stoops

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 12:27 AM

Good job! It looks very nice. How well did the two tools balance during the flip over?

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 12:38 AM

great build and most certainly a super use of space.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 11-29-2012 01:17 AM

@Paul, lets just say that you should be very careful during the flip. The planer is way heavier and you need to keep a hand on the flip top after the last bolt is unhooked and slowly turn it or it will drop like a boulder.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#13 posted 11-29-2012 09:09 PM

Where do you keep the spare drums?
I had considered the flip cart but I went another (and not smarter) direction. If I had seen this first I would not have.

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#14 posted 11-30-2012 12:08 AM

I left the drums in their slots. It seems with the sander table locked down, they stay in place. I did remove the washers and other parts that also were stored near the drums. They would not have stayed in place. I put them in a box on the bottom shelf. I may build some type of storage bins on the sides to store accessories.

As a side note I was happy to see my little project made it to #4 on the Daily Top 15. This is with just you guys looking and posting. I didn’t promote my project on other social media sites or forums. Thank you all. I really would have been jazzed to see it crack the “Top Three” and if I had known about the 24 hr limit I would have promoted it more. I have a nice jewelry box I am just about done working on, so stay tuned. I am shooting for #1, haha.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#15 posted 12-25-2012 06:41 AM

I see alot of these an your’s look great. I would love to make one but I have one worry, are the machines built to be stored upside down? I would appreciate any input as in my small shop this unit would make a welcome addition.
The Bear

-- It isn't always about being fast or even accurate that counts, it's being willing

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