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03-15-2020 03:23 AM

Nothing new here, just getting ready to cut some plywood for this tool cart tomorrow. Just want to say that I appreciate all the info other lumberjocks have shared on the stands they have made. Some really nice projects for sure. Because of my new work space, I too will have to combine some tools to keep them handy but out of the way. I have a Ridgid R4331 planer, and a Ridgid oscillating spindle sander that will share the flip-top and, then on one side of that on a fixed shelf will reside my little 6” jointer with it’s motor underneath. My setup will be slightly different than most examples I have seen but still shamelessly borrowing several ideas from some of them.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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#1 posted 03-16-2020 10:44 PM

Made a little progress on my cart. Flip part is mostly done. Mostly copycat stuff. Still need to set up the shelf and motor for the old jointer.

First time I rolled the planer over, I heard a noise and later discovered a small machine screw that was on the loose. I got it out and set it aside ‘til I could look around for where it should have been. Turns out it is one of two screws that hold the plastic chip chute on. I need to find some thread locker and reinstall both screws so they don’t end up getting into the cutter head.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 03-16-2020 11:06 PM

Flip top cart is on my short term to-do list. I am actually thinking about a 3-way top to squeeze just a little more room out of it. I just need to do some ciphering to see how tall I need to make since the triangular carousel makes the tools arc lower as they swing down but perhaps you just make so it can never swing all the way under? I found this example on another forum’s website.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 03-16-2020 11:34 PM

That looks like a well made cart. Figuring out the swing clearance and keeping the working height comfortable were the challenges I faced with mine. I think I have about 1” clearance to the handle on the top of the planer and the top of the cart is about 34”

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 03-16-2020 11:56 PM



Made a little progress on my cart. Flip part is mostly done. Mostly copycat stuff. Still need to set up the shelf and motor for the old jointer.

- BlasterStumps

I like that little delta jointer. Too bad you couldn’t put more space between it and the Orange Chinese machines.So it doesn’t catch a virus. :)

-- Aj

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#5 posted 03-17-2020 03:12 AM

Hi Aj, I shouldn’t paint it orange to match? : ).

I like the old jointer too. It’s a ShopMaster that I believe was made before Delta made something similar. It’s aluminum. Found it at our local Habitat Restore for $25.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#6 posted 03-17-2020 03:45 AM

Nice find. That’s a cool setup you got there.
I like it. :)

Take care Good Luck

-- Aj

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#7 posted 03-17-2020 03:51 PM

Looks great Mike!


Flip top cart is on my short term to-do list. I am actually thinking about a 3-way top to squeeze just a little more room out of it. I just need to do some ciphering to see how tall I need to make since the triangular carousel makes the tools arc lower as they swing down but perhaps you just make so it can never swing all the way under? I found this example on another forum s website.

- Lazyman

I can’t decide if the OSS will get broken from me hitting it on stuff when I’m rolling the cart around or if it’ll get broken because I kicked the hell out of it after the umpteenth time it scraped my knees/shins. No thanks, I’ll pass on that design.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 03-17-2020 03:53 PM

Also, I don’t know what tools you’re considering putting on there Nathan but I would hesitate to put a grinder on mine. All that swarf is gonna get right into the WW machines below it…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 03-18-2020 03:21 AM

Yeah, I am a little concerned about it sticking out too; plus it obviously takes up more room this way so it might not take up that much less room than the OP’s design in post #1.

I don’t do as much metal work (yet) as you do Kenny so I think that the swarf would be relatively manageable for me. I do most of my sharpening and minor grinding on my shop built belt sander that actually captures most of the the swarf and I really don’t use my bench grinder that much so I might just move it to a shelf somewhere and pull it out when needed. The bench grinder is already mounted on a clampable board so I can move it around when I do need to to some serious grinding.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 03-18-2020 09:22 PM

Still need to make a drawer(s) but otherwise the cart is done. Jointer is a little noisy due to the crappy pulley I have on the motor. I’ll be on the lookout for a new pulley if I can’t balance it.

I flipped the blades in the planer this morning. Wow, what a difference that made. I had really dulled the other side of the blades when running the old deck lumber through it.

Next I will resharpen the jointer blades.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#11 posted 03-18-2020 09:27 PM

I just noticed the vacuum shoot under the jointer. That’s a great idea. Have you tested that yet? How does it work?

BTW, a link belt might also help make the jointer run a little smoother. YMMV

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 03-18-2020 09:48 PM

The chute works good. I had it on the other stand I had been using and saved it for use on this thing.

I tried a link belt but still the vibration is there. That big pulley on the motor must be either eccentric, as in out of round, or just out of balance. I’m going to take the belt off and see what I can determine. Hope it’s not the shaft. : )

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#13 posted 03-20-2020 03:09 AM

Got the two drawers made and installed. I didn’t want to take the tools off the cart so I ended up laying on the floor to put the slides in. Not too smart.

Because I didn’t want to go into town to buy slides, I used old slides I had found at the Restore here. They work but just.

One regret on the project is that I didn’t have all four swivel casters. Some day I will fix that.

Anyway, the cart is done, Yay!

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#14 posted 03-20-2020 12:47 PM

Very well done Mike! I think you’ll find that really helpful :-) But yeah, only 2 swivel casters is gonna be a big pisser-offer. I have one toolbox with 2 swivels and 2 straights. Fortunately, I’ve had it long enough that I knew better when I got around to setting up my own shop ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 04-08-2020 10:56 PM

Well, I had to do a little surgery on the cart. I found that the jointer just didn’t work being part of the flip cart. Because the jointer was mounted sideways to the cart, it was sticking out too much when I tried to park the cart over next to the wall. So, I cut it loose from the flip cart and made it its own cart. Much better.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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