Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #106: Flip-Top Tool Cart - Down-n-Dirty

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 08-07-2019 11:14 PM 698 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another episode in the ongoing effort to organize the dungeon workshop, which is driven by the need to have every tool, screw, nut, and bolt, in its appropriate place for when I have to pack it all up next year for the big move. In this episode: the completion of a down-n-dirty flip-top tool cart.

My DeWalt thickness planer has always been too heavy for me to lift onto and off a bench top, so I made a couple of years ago a mobile cart for it. Unfortunately, the cart’s narrow trac and oversize casters made it a bit unstable on the moon-crater surface of my workshop. It was top-heavy, as well as always in the way. Really, I didn’t have the floor space to give up for it, either. And with the massive rearranging of benches and reorganization of tools and equipment, I also now needed a home for two other tools. Converting the current thickness planer cart, over starting from scratch, was the most cost-effective and time-saving choice.

The sides, base, and plywood shelf atop the base, are original to the previous cart. To increase the cart’s trac and improve stability on my uneven floor, I added a two-by at the bottom of each end and braced. Smaller casters were used than before; a wise decision.

The top is comprised of three layers of 3/4” plywood, sandwiching a channel made for the 36” x 3/4” steel rod. Four 3/4” Jeremywell Set Screw Shaft Collars were used to secure the rod to the bench, one on either side of each end mount/pivot. This worked out better than I had expected, making sure the ends can’t splay out or bend inward over time due to the weight of the mounted tools and movement of the top.

Four 5” eye bolts are used to lock the top in place, support each corner when pushed in. I had these in the shop, and I liked the handles, handy when pulling them out and pushing into place.

Cable clips hold in place the wrapped up cables of the Delta disc/belt sander and WorkSharp WS3000 when not in use, securing the wraps to the top when the thickness planer is on top. Cable clips were also used to secure the power strip’s cord when neither of the tools are needed.

I had in mind of adding a hinged door to each open side, as well as sheathing the ends. It won’t be long before the arachnids take over and the saw dust coats their webmaking. Besides, the thickness planer doesn’t come out very often, so it’s no real hassle to have to open both doors when I need to flip. We’ll see over time. The To-Do list is pretty long.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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