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You know how it goes … you get a new tool and the next thing you know, you have to have a place to put it!

I haven't had a miter saw in the shop for the last couple of years because my old one was such a POS, I didn't use it much.

I acquired the Hitachi 12" SCMS a few months ago (it is a beast, but that's another story), and decided it deserved a place in the shop with the other tools in my arsenal.

This stand handles two tools (the SCMS and my DeWalt DW733 planer) that close to the same weight … about 65 pounds apiece.

This cabinet is much larger than most other flip-tops I have seen, due mainly to the size of the SCMS.

The table is a sandwich … two pieces of 3/4" plywood with 3/4" maple in between, anchored to the frame at each corner with an eyebolt. The table pivots on a 3/4" steel tube that has bronze bushings on each end.

The drawer has two purposes … storage space for planer blades, wrenches, etc., and to provide some additional rigidity to the frame. The framework was built from construction grade 2×12's (hemlock) and needed reinforcement wherever I could add it … that's why you see 4 steel 'braces' (shelf brackets) in the cavity.

I still need to add a set of wings to support longer stock. This cabinet is 42 1/2" tall, so there may be a rebuild in the future. In the meantime, I'll just set up outboard roller stands.

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Very nice! That would be a great addition in any shop!
 

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Sweet setup!!............Jim
 

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Nice setup, Man that looks sturdy.
 

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Very well done : )
 

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These cabinets always look a little scary to me but it looks like you have this one under control.
The drawer looks like a great idea…........................
 

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Mike … I think drawer is very practical. Besides, it gve me a chance to play with the Porter-Cable dovetail jig I bought off CraigsList!
 

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Your cabinet looks very well built and strong Gerry. A great space saver. That SMS looks like a real killer too.
 

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Sooner or later all shop space becomes prime property. Great idea on saving space with a dual purpose cabinet.
 

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Great build
 

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Looks good Gerry,very handy.
 

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Gerry,
Just like I would have expected from you…very well done, and extremely practical….good job
Mike
 

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Well done, I made one of these and have the exact same tools mounted to mine. I havent put a drawer on it yet but have thought about it. nice job!
 

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Ken … The drawer adds to the height of the rig, but also adds to the rigidity of the cabinet. Factoring in the storage space, it is net gain.

I am debating removing the wheels and putting this in a low-profile mobile base.
 

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Gerry,

COOL SETUP!

Nice job!

I have been thinking of doing this for some time… Don't have a miter saw… was thinking of a grinding/ sharpening wheel or disk sander… seems like I never get around to it… LOL

You did a great job of putting it all together!

Thank you!
 

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Very smart, nicely done, and thanks for posting. I am tentatively planning to do the same in the spring. In hindsight would you have designed differently/modified your flip top table in any way? And I don't mean dovetail joints, lol. Thanks, TheDane.
 

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redSLED-Yes. I have since removed the wheels and replaced them with a mobile base (HF cheapie), which lowered the work surface by about 4" and still gives me all of the mobility I need.

Actually, the drawer is dovetailed! Full disclosure: I cut the dovetails with a router and PC4112 jig.
 

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What a great idea! That concept can be used for a lot of bench top tools or what ever the imagination allows. Thanks for posting the pictures. How you get it to flip just right would be nice to know. Does it swivel on a center pin or rod of some sort? larry
 

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Larry-"The table pivots on a 3/4" steel tube that has bronze bushings on each end."

The tube goes all of the way through the table top.
 

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Really like it allot. Saves allot of room and is extremely functional.
Sorry I didn't see this before untill know.
 
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