Green flip-top planer stand

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 11-05-2013 03:06 AM 10196 views 33 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stand for reasons similar to most people who build these… saving floor space. I did not elect to use it for two tools though. My primary purpose was to be able to put my planer under the extension table without having to lift it off the floor every time I wanted to use it. I would consider this mission accomplished as you can see in pic #3. The only down side is that without a tool on the other half, the flipping motion isn’t as smooth as it could be. However, it does work exactly as I intended. The majority of the stand is made from recycled 2x stock that was previously a workbench that I no longer needed. I planed and jointed the 2×4s and used my festool domino to connect the frame parts with loose tenon joinery. The frames are connected to the base with 3 1/2” lag bolts. The bottom is also recycled, the particle board that made up the top of the donor workbench which is dadoed into the base stretchers. The top is made with a thermofoil covered mdf on one side and another piece of the particle board on the other side, framed with maple from some kitchen pantry trays that I also recycled. The axel is electrical conduit that was recycled from a building remodel at work. I also added window bolts to lock the top in place after the pictures were taken. The only new parts are hardware. The wheels came from a furniture dolly from harbor freight (when on sale it is cheaper than buying 4 equivalent wheels separately). I am considering finishing it with a wipe-on formulation but I didn’t have time as I am currently in the middle of a somewhat challenging commission. As always, enjoy and please leave a comment if you feel so compelled.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 03:35 AM

Thats about the simplest design i’ve seen yet. Nice build

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 02:56 PM

I have the same space issue. I like what you have done here. Simple and effective.

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 03:20 PM

Good looking. Functional. Solid joinery. I like it!! I’ll PM my address to you. Will it arrive before Christmas?

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 05:52 PM

Bet you’ll find it real handy!

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 06:41 PM

Well done, should serve you well. I love mine….

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

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 10:45 PM

Nice stand, I like the open sides.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 11:21 PM

I swear a week or two ago I was looking to see if anyone has made something this and I found nothing. Now I see several. some simple like this one and other very elaborate. I’m looking to learn how to build one for a planer and a drill press.

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#8 posted 11-06-2013 02:21 PM

Nice design for a great space saver.

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#9 posted 11-06-2013 04:06 PM

Excellent design, simple, solid and effective. I have been wanting to build one for my planer and OSB sander. I think I found a design thanks to you.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#10 posted 12-16-2019 08:37 AM

Clever design! How has it held up over the years?

I have a suggestion for the flipping motion: drill a 3/4 hole in the bottom, then stick a loose 3/4 pipe into the hole and use it provide leverage when flipping. Then set the pipe on the base of the cart.

Great design!

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#11 posted 12-16-2019 06:33 PM

+MarkHal It has held up great over these last 6 years. I am still using it to this day.

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