Flip Top Cart

Space in my garage is at a premium so I built this flip-top cart to hold my bench top planer and the combination belt and spindle sander. Actually, there’s a law that says you must have a flip top cart in your workspace if your shop is a garage. I rarely need to use these at the same time so I chose these two to utilize the same cart. The cart has 3 inch locking casters making the unit move around easily and can quickly move back out of the way when not in use.

Each unit is plugged into a multi-outlet power strip inside the cart top and one male plug routes out the side. The top comes apart so if I need to get to something inside it’s possible to do so by removing about 10 two-inch screws. Hopefully that will be far and few between.

This design was posted on Fishers Shop and I used his design. There are many examples of flip-carts out there and I like this one the best of those that I watched.

i will probably edge-band some the raw plywood edges and give everything a final sanding and several coats of lacquer or poly-urethane to protect the wood. It’s ready to use, let’s make something.

In this position the combination belt and spindle sander is ready for use
Flipped 180 degrees the planer is now available.
The flip table locks on the side in either position.
Added a drawer to hold the spindles and other miscellaneous stuff. Found out the hard way that thing things fall out when flipped upside down.
In the middle of a swing.


I was able to make this 9″ X 9″ trivet from leftover cut-offs of the cutting board that I made late last year. Feels good to use as much as possible the wood you buy. Even if it’s only remnants from other projects.

The woods used are, purple heart, walnut, maple, and mahogany. 

Trivet 9X9


Router Table Project – Table and Base Completed

Added a rolling base to the existing router table top.  Two additional drawers will be used to house the router bits and the tools required to change  the bits and to adjust the height of the router.


Router Table Project – Finishing Details

The table is essentially completed. I may round over the edges of the melamine top and use wipe-on poly for the cabinet.

I added the dust collection port to connect to my shop vac.

A rolling cart is to be built to bring the table height up to about 40 inches for ease of working while routing.


Router Table Project – Fence Painted and Notched

The fence painted and a center notch cut out to clear the tallest and widest bit I own. The end grain plywood part of the fence requires a lot of paint. I will probably add another coat or two to the end grain and edge grain.

A dust collection port is all that remains to the build for the table. A second project for the mobile base will begin shortly after completion of the table.



Router Table Project – Fence

Added two strips of T-track to the top and built a fence with bolts and star knobs to adjust the fence back and forward.

The top of the fence will get a piece of veneer to hide the end grain of the melamine and the plywood. A hole needs to be drilled into the fence to allow for the bits to operate properly. A larger hole will be added with an adapter for dust collection. I didn’t realize how much dust a router can produce doing the most basic cutting jobs.





Router Table Project – Drawer Pulls

Worked on the table a little today. Added the self-closing overlay hinges and created some drawer and door pull handles for some scrap walnut from another project. Just wanted to give a little contrast in color from the red oak the rest of the project is built of.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get the opportunity to use my palm router to cut a dado in the melamine top to install a set of T-tracks to mount the fence and dust collection apparatus to.