Flip Top Tool Storage

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Project by GlassImpressions posted 01-21-2013 01:10 AM 5354 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here I have my flip top tool station. Everything came out great except the slots in the flop top for the eye’d bolts. I had to get them in and it looks pretty rough but hey it is shop furniture.

There is a 1 3/8” dowel going through the flip top, it rests in corresponding slots in the sides. The dowel has a small 3/4” dado 1/2” from the end. This keep the top centered and the sides from getting pushed apart and the top falling through.

I decided to put metal brackets on the dado’ed bottom. This is due to the lack of top support (top must rotate).

I have put dowels in the bottom and the side to store the spindle sander parts and spools. As the top is flipped, obviously everything that isn’t attached falls. I decided to put in on the bottom and not on the exterior sides to keep the footprint small

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 01:15 AM

That is brilliant! What an awesome way to utilize the space you have.

-- If you learn a lot from your mistakes then I must be a freakin' genius!

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 02:10 AM

Great job on this project : )
I need to make a few myself !

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 12:25 AM

Super job! I favorited this one and will give it a try when time allows. I have a small shop, and every tool on it’s own stand really takes up a lot of room. Thanks for posting this.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 12:50 PM

I like it. Lotsa equipment in one space. Grrrr8!

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 02:43 PM

Love it! I have two pieces of equipment in mind…12” chop saw and a Disc/Belt sander…BUT, they are pretty heavy or seem to be.

You seem to be comfortable with the dowel…thoughts?

-- ~ Wiqar

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#6 posted 03-07-2014 02:46 PM

Yes dowel seems fine to me. I have moved into a much bigger shop. I will pry use this as my sanding station… a grizzly benchtop sander will pry go on top… much heavier than the planer… I will pry replace with steel.

Depending on what you put on there I would go with a large dowel or steel rod.

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