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Here is a project that is great for any small shop. Double the effectiveness of your floor space with this Flip Top Tool stand. It can hold any number of benchtop tools including planers, mitersaws, sanders, drill presses, etc.


  • Tablesaw (or circular saw)
  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Router
  • Pocket hole jig


  • 1 sheet 4'x8' 3/4" plywood
  • 2 1x2 8' pine/poplar boards
  • Casters
  • Full extension drawer slides
  • Various mounting hardware and screws

Read the instructable here and you can also get plans with measured drawings over at my website: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/diy-flip-top-tool-stand-plans/

Step 1: Cut and prepare the sides, bottom and shelf

Cut two side to 30" x 21-1/2" and a bottom and shelf both at 27" x 21-1/2". Drill pockets holes on the underside of the bottom and shelf to connect to the sides.

Drill a 3/4" hole centered 2-5/8" down from the top of each side. This will hold the steel bar used to rotate the top. If you clamp them together it makes keeping the hole aligned easier

Cut 2 slots in each side for the flip top locking hardware. The slots are 3/8″ wide, 1-1/2″ long and 2-5/8″down from the top. I used a router and a straight edge to do this.


Elegant answer for my crowded shop!
Very nice build, love the star knob fixtures! My only question is what happens to your cables everytime you flip? Surely these aren't battery operated?
<p>Well all these tools only have a short power cable, just unplug it and tuck the end into the machine before flipping. On the last picture you can see the power cord from the sander tied up with what looks to be a strip of velcro.</p>
Naa, that is too mickey mouse, instead add in standard in wall mount electric outlet with combo lightswitch. <br>Further the board on which you mount your gear should have large bolts in the 4 corners to mount to the base.. then you can quickly switch out one gear for another.<br><br>My 2 cents
<p>Hi there,</p><p>First of all, thanks for sharing your work......</p><p>But, I do have a question though.... Is this project post really in the spirit of Instructables? Fair enough you share your work here, but to get detailed plans from your website, one has to pay $5 to be able to download them!? Would it not be fair to assume that they are made available here as a PDF download like many other (free) projects? Is this not just another way to make money, or am I just too used to getting free stuff on Instructables?</p><p>Just asking you know?</p>
<p>Here, here.</p>
<p>Muadibe, found this interesting one for you if you want to build (might be a bit difficult to read the plans for some)</p><p><a href="http://www.alr6x6.com/pelligrini/BT3/Flip_top/Flip_top_plans.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.alr6x6.com/pelligrini/BT3/Flip_top/Flip...</a></p>
<p>Not really the first one that is being built either (the previous one there is a comment of three (3!!!) years ago.</p><p>Another one,</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-Tool-Flip-Top-Table/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-Tool-Flip-To...</a></p><p>Just FYI</p>
<p>Just an addition to me previous comment.... By searching the net for &quot;Flip top tool stand&quot; this instructable comes up</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/COPYRIGHT-FREE-RE-LISTED-FLIPTOP-TOOL-STAND/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/COPYRIGHT-FREE-RE-...</a></p><p>Now I would rather say(without sounding rude) that this one refered to here, is much better to follow. Although it is not a PDF document to download, it just seems more logical to follow this structable instead?</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>This euipment design type is indeed a worthwhile build, even if one has plenty of shop space:</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Flip-That-Table/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Flip-That-Table/</a></p>
<p>Do you EVER have enough shop space?</p>
<p>Great ible! I've been thinking of making something like this for years! I also took notice of your tool cubbies on the wall.</p><p>One question: As the sides are only a plywood sheet thick, is there any side-to-side racking?</p>
<p>I made one very similar and have now added the draw. Thanks</p>
<p>Very clever, good job!</p>
<p>I made a flipper a few years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuHTNlTYvWs The only issue I have with this design is lateral rigidity of the frame. I put quite a bit of bracing on mine to make sure it was stable with the approximatly 160 pounds of tool bolted on.</p>
<p>nice job, I built mine about 5 years ago, but kept the drawer off so a taller planner could be put on. Great ideas Shop Notes have for tool benches! One idea I came across in a Shop Notes reply to this build is a triangular flip top for smaller items such as grinders, key cutters and sharpeners! I plan to build one soon for my sharpeners, as I have three of different types for different tools. Great job on your build! Any thought on a stain or paint? </p>
<p>I believe Craftsman sold a triangular table at one time. I've never seen one though.</p>
<p>thanks! I usually use my shop projects raw or with shellac.</p>
<p>Do the two items needs to be relatively similar in weight or does it matter?</p>
<p>Not really. It just makes it easier to spin when they are similar weights. But I've seen people just go a 70lb planer on one side and nothing on the other. Just gotta control it when you flip it.</p>
<p>hay champ.</p><p>great build.</p><p>build the same thing a few years ago.</p><p>round those corners your arms will love you for it.</p><p>love the draw. a good addon. 10/10</p>
<p>thanks, man! The corners are rounded over with a router bit. Not sharp at all.</p>
<p>Good Work!</p>
<p>This is a fantastic design, and a solid looking build. I like it a lot!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Very smart, a nice idea. I have to build it for my own </p><p>tiny little shop</p>
<p>Thanks! It's a great space saver</p>

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