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    Flip stands

    This is especially for Glenn. In another post these came up. It occurred to me that this is a concept ripe for the PP. That said, can you detail the flip/locking mechanism of your stand? Like maybe you have some SketchUp drawings filed away somewhere.....

    My ideal combo would be the Performax drum sander and the Dewalt planer.
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    Perfect match with those tools. The design of mine was pulled from many sources and pre-dates my awareness of SketchUp but:

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    The latch is a 5/16" eye bolt that is captured by a 3/8" bolt and locking nut as an 'axle'. The notches were cut into the top-frame stock similarly to how you would cut for a bridal joint; its just that there is no matching tongue. I glued one side of the top to the frame. The other is left removable so that t-nut patterns can change as tools change. the pivot axles are well waxed 1" oak dowels that extend about 4" into the top "sandwich" and have reinforcement blocks on the outside of the carcass sides. One of the screws that secures the removable side of the top also captures the dowel. I cut plastic washers from coffee can lids to put between the top and the sides.
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    Carol

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    And mine. http://www.wordsnwood.com/2007/p.fliptop/

    I just used a couple simple sliding bolt latches ... (ummm, google google) Like these. They just go into holes in the sides. It's not at tight as Glenn's latches, I'll bet, but they work fine for me.
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    Question regarding added weight to the base. In retrospect, do you think it necessary if there are two tools attached to the flipping top? My thought was to use the space at the bottom for a drawer. Need to do some vertical measuring so I can use the TS as an outfeed for the planer or sander. Have some great wheels. Love Glenn's latches. That's a keeper. I have some scraps of plastic laminate for friction washers. And will use Art's hardware latches to keep the drawer shut when traveling. Just wondering about the weight distribution. And figuring out the anchoring for travel.
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    Mine was supposed to get a drawer in the bottom which it never got. I never added ballast and moved mine around all the time (like many mobile tools it was always right where I wanted to be ). The center of gravity is lowered by the tool hanging underneath. If you go with one tool and a work surface I could see the want for ballast if the tool remained on top most of the time. If the tool is underneath, I would expect no problem; at least I never had any inkling that the thing was unstable. My top was about 2-1/4" thick so when the corner knobs were tightened it was surprisingly rigid given its light appearance. At least that was my experience for what its worth.
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    Cool, Glenn. That's what I expected.

    Now, to get a working shop.....sigh....
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    Mine has no ballast, and a person would be hard pressed to tip it over, even with the sander in the upright position.
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    I went out on the internet and search Flip top tool stands and looked at a bunch of images. Here is another version of a latch that is pretty simple:

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    This is the configuration I would need, I can't figure out what to do with my grinder. My only concern would be getting the dust and metal filings from the grinder into my planer. I don't think it would be good for the planer.

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    Well I don't have anymore used plywood, going to have to spend a little money if I want to build one of these.
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