Fliptop Tool Stand

Ancient Lifting Methods


#8 X 13A"Fh woodscrew

Flip Top Tool Stand


3" locking caster

NOTE: All parts 3A" plywood unless otherwise noted

#8x1%" Fh woodscrew

NOTE: You might need to alter size of tool stand to fit dimensions of your tools

Size dado to fit 3A" plywood

#8 X 13A"Fh woodscrew enchtop tools are great space savers, but they can still fill up a small shop in a hurry. So Arthur Muller of Menomonie, Wisconsin came up with a solution. It's a tool stand that does double-duty by flipping its lid.

What makes this tool stand different from most others is that you can mount tools on both sides of the top. Then when you want to use a different tool, all you have to do is flip the top 180°, see photo. Locking knobs in each corner secure the top in place.

This tool stand is sized so you can cut all the plywood pieces out of a single 4' x 8' sheet. However, you may need to alter the dimensions of the stand in order to accommodate your tools, see Fig. 1.

BASt. The base of the stand is nothing more than two %"-thick plywood sides (A) joined by a bottom (B), see drawing below. After these pieces are cut to size, the sides can be notched and drilled for the top pivot pins and the locking hardware, see drawing and Fig. la.

A dado cut on the inside face of each side piece holds the bottom in place. But before assembling diese pieces, miters are cut on the corners of the side pieces and chamfers are routed on all the edges, as well as the front and back edge of the bottom, see Fig. lb. Once this is clone, the sides can be glued and screwed to the bottom.

CLEATS & KICKBOARDS. In order to strengthen the bottom of the base and make it more rigid, cleat blocks and kickboards are added. The cleat blocks (C) are glued up from two pieces of W plywood, see exploded view on next page. These are glued in place against the sides and bottom. Then plywood kickboards (D) are glued to the ends of the cleats at the front and back of the base.

To allow the tool stand to be moved around easily, a lock-

3" locking caster

NOTE: All parts 3A" plywood unless otherwise noted

NOTE: You might need to alter size of tool stand to fit dimensions of your tools

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Size dado to fit 3A" plywood

Buffing Arbor Assembly


P/2" x 24" KICKBOARD

ing swivel caster is added to each corner (see page 35 for sources). These are attached to the cleat blocks with lag screws, see detail 'a'.

TOP. Once the base is finished, all that's left is to build the top. The top is made out of two plywood top panels (E). These plywood panels sandwich two hardwood side spacers

(F) and front and back spacers

(G), see Fig. 1. This extra thickness helps prevent racking when the sides are drawn tight to the top by the corner locking knobs.

In addition to beefing up the top, the front and back spacers serve another purpose. Notches cut in the ends of these pieces house eyebolts that swing into the notches cut in the sides, locking the top in place, see Figs. 2 and 3. (Note: The eyebolts should fit smoothly in the notches without having to be forced in place.)

Once these notches are cut, the plywood top pieces and the spacers can be glued up. Then holes and counterbores for the locking hardware can be drilled, see Fig. 3.

LOCK-DOWNS. Except for the large plastic wing nuts, the corner lock-downs use common hardware. An

Glue cleat block and kickboards to bottom and sides of base

1A" washer

3" locking swivel caster



screw eyebolt fits into the slot cut in each corner of the top and is held in place by a carriage bolt, washer, and nylon lock nut, see Fig. 3.

Then a large fender washer and plastic wing nut are placed over the threaded end of the eyebolt The wing nuts are then tightened down against the sides of the base, locking the top in place, see top photo at right.

PIVOT PINS. The top is attached to the base with a pair of pivot pins (H) that pass through the sides of the base and into holes drilled in the edge of the top. To locate the pivot pin holes in the edge of the top, just place the top between the sides of the base and secure it in place with the locking-

hardware. Now using the hole in each side of the base as a guide, drill holes into the edge of the top, see Fig. 4.

The pins are nothing more than 1"-dia. hardwood dowels. After chamfering the ends, the pins can be slipped through the sides and into the top. Then each pin is secured by a single screw, see Fig. 4a.

Tools can be mounted to each side of the top with lag screws. To use the stand, just loosen the wing nuts in each corner, swing the eyebolts out of the notches in the sides, and carefully rotate the top. Then before using the tool, make sure to slide the eye-bolts back in place and firmly tighten down the wing nuts. ESS

each corner to loci■ top firmly in place

Loosen knobs and siving out eyebolts to flip top over.


1" counterbore W deep

5/k" x 2 V?"-long eyebolt s/is" fender washer


W washer

%" nylon lock nut

1" counterbore 5/s" deep /


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Plastic knob with 5/k" threaded insert

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cross section

. 1"-dia.x3" i hardwood dowel

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