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    Flip Top - Revisited

    Discussions about flip top cabinets resurface now and then. I had decided to change from four locking swivel casters to two swivel and two fixed. As long as I had the machines off the table I thought I would get some better shots of the cabinet itself. Hope this helps anyone planning or building.

    He looks kinda flimsy unloaded but it is quite sturdy:

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    I had to modify the caster stand-offs to accept the new caster layout but they are still hidden by the skirt:

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    Here's the eye-bolt table-top lock idea I stole from some brilliant person whom I can't recall (I just know it wasn't me):

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    Another shot of the latch/lock:

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    A view of the top-sandwich. I made mine thicker than most recommended plans I saw. This allows one side of the the top to be removable so I can change t-nut locations or add through bolts:

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    Here's a shot of the side with the screws:

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    I have flipped this thing hundreds of times and with a little thought about placement, the various tools I have used it for flip without much effort at all. It currently holds my 80lb planer and a 60lb sander.

    OK, I'm on a roll out there so, it's back to the shop!
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 08-30-2008 at 09:56 PM.
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    I recently used Glenn's methods to build two flip tops, should have done it years ago! One holds my Delta 22-580 planner and Dewalt 735 CSMS, the other holds the bench top mortiser on one side and is a flat work area on the opposite side. I'm planning a third for a couple of grinders and sharpening stuff on one side and a 42" X 1" sander on the other too. Glenn's method of securing the top with eye bolts is slick and very secure, once locked down it's rock solid.

    I found solid metal knobs at Enco for only $2.14 ea which I think is an improvement over the plastic ones.
    http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=240-0766

    Mike

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    Very slick, Glenn. If I had the floor space, I could use one or two of those myself. As it is, I set the tools like my planer or mortiser on a bench, on the MSUV in the driveway, or on top of the table saw. I don't have the room for another box in the shop right now. I'll definitely use this idea if and when I move into a bigger shop someday.
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    Great Idea, but when you flip it over, doesn't all the dust and chips fall out? I don't know about you, but it takes me a considerable amount of effort to get my piles of dust, just right.... Seriously, on that line, did you consider a bin of sorts to catch the chips and dust that Will fall out, for easier cleanup.

    I especially like your "latches" should make for a secure positioning.

    Thanks for the posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    Seriously, on that line, did you consider a bin of sorts to catch the chips and dust that Will fall out, for easier cleanup.
    I hook the DC to the planer and a triggered shop vac to the sander. there's not a lot of dust to dump . . . at least from those two tools . Now the small bandsaw . . . I gotta build a vac hookup for that baby .

    I guess in the 70's they thought that hole in the bottom of the housing was adequate(?)
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    Great idea Glenn.

    I've never thought about it and I think I'm going to use it at my shop, it will spare me the hassle of setting up a machine each time I need it.

    Thanks for posting!
    Best regards,
    Toni

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