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This is the flip-top tool stand from ShopNotes magazine (Special Issue, "Small Shop Solutions" though I'm sure it was originally in another issue). I followed the directions verbatim, except I had to make the stand wider to fit my sander and I made the knobs rather than purchase plastic ones.

I was concerned that the planer would be significantly heavier than the sander and that its weight would make the rack un-centered, and so it would violently try to flip once I removed the last latch. This concern was unfounded. It feels quite balanced and turns easily and without any lurching. Please watch the video to see how smoothly this works. You'll also get a brief glimpse of my vacuum assistant.

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Thanks for the video. Balance is something I am very concerned about… I have to finish my second clamshell cab, and then it is on to building 2 of these. One for the bench top planer, and bench top joiner, the other for sanding station…

I love the shop made knobs. That is a great touch!
 

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How structurally sound is it - seems like wracking side to side would be a problem? Am I over thinking this or is it mitigated by using it up against something else?
 

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I was also wondering about stability issues / racking, but I suppose that the brief time that you are rotating the machines is the only time that the 4 clamps aren't holding it together.
Nice project…I could use a half dozen or so ! LOL
 

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Good choice on making your own knobs. Nice touch.
 

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My woodworking mentor friend was also very concerned about racking, and we decided I could add some angled supports later if it turns out to be a problem, but, my first few experiences with the stand suggest it's not a problem. It is rigid and strong in practice, in spite of the design seeming to lack diagonal supports. When it's tightened down, and can't make it rack at all, and that planer and sander weigh many, many pounds.
 

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thanks for shareing .i too am a beginer in wood working and am doing it in my carport im doing one of these now for my planer and sander.i was wondering if i could add a small bottom draw to it for storage or would it be to tall then. thanks for the video it helped a lot i got the shop notes magazine in the mail last week and neeed to get more room or at least more orginized.
thank for shareing learning a lot from uall
 

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sweet
 

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I like the knobs.

I also Like how you set your planer sideways. I did not think about that when I did mine.

Great job.
 

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Too cool. Saved to favorites AND my list of future endeavors.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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I made one as well and its solid and no balance issues whats so ever. Great addition to the shop.

Well done.
 

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"I wanna wear the ear muffs, I wanna wear the ear muffs."

Your assistant is now famous in my house.

Oh, and nice cart too,
Steve
 

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I was concerned with racking too when I built mine so I essentially made two shelves in the bottom and boxed them in.
 

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nice job! that's on my list of future projects. thks for sharing…
 

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Very nice. I need to make one of these. Short of buying the plans, can you tell me what the demisions of the flip top are and what is used for the piviot? Any details would be great….. Thanks.
 

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Yeah i've seen a simular design in my Better Homes and Gardens "Small Workshops" copyright 1983 i was thumbing through until i found it. I like yours better the nobs are so great.
 

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very very cool idea. Great. Thanks for posting. My shop is so small i gotta make one for my thicknesser and my mortise/tenon jig.
 
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