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Fliptop Stand: Tour and Teardown

Back in 2007 I built a fliptop stand for my dewalt dw735 planer, and posted a basic web page documenting some of the build. I updated this in 2014 with a few new photos and a cool tweak to my planer. That web page is still available right here.

For whatever reason, that continues to be one of my most-visited web page every month -- as of Jan 2015 at least. Therefore I decided to revisit that project and I made a video in which I gave a tour of my fliptop stand, showing some of it's features. As well, I ended up tearing down the stand and building in a new storage drawer in the base. You can see all that in the video which is linked here, or see some photo excerpts below.

Finally, as part of this process I ended up drawing up my fliptop stand in Sketchup, to help with planning for my storage drawer. I decided to push on with this and built it up into a detail pair of sketchup plans, so that I could offer a full set of plans and build instructions, which is also linked below.

 

 

A tour of my fliptop planer stand, which turned into a teardown and slight rebuild.

 

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The DeWALT dw735 is a very large planer. Most planers are more rectangular shaped. The dewalt is shorter and more squat, but also much more square in shape.

This means that I needed a much larger stand than I would for another planer. I take the rough size of the planer, add a few inches for clearance, and that gives me the rough dimension of the stand. Later in the design process, I would lay out these dimensions on a sheet of plywood and tweak them to get the most efficent use of the wood.

So for example, rather than 25" wide pieces, by shrinking them to 23-3/4" I still have a piece that is large enough, but also I can now get two pieces (width-wise) out of a sheet of plywood, rather than just one.

The handle of the planer sticks out a fair bit from the side. By orienting the plane on the stand as shown in the photo I was able to slightly shrink the stand. With the planer oriented like this, the handle can just stick out over the size.
I made my stand fairly tall, because I am tall. Also, when I first designed it, I only had one tool, so I thought I might use the flip side as an outfeed for the tablesaw.

Underneath the stand you also need a fair bit of room, as you need clearance for the tool to spin/flip.

The miter saw clearance...
A dust collection tip. Being a mobile stand, you can't use fixed pipe for dust collection plumbing. But flexible hose tends to hang down right in the middle, which would interfere with the wood feed. I made a loop of bungie cord which I loop over the hose and oer one of the planer posts -- indicated by the red arrows -- which nicely holds the hose out of the way.
I don't have a fancy locking mechanism. When I built it, I had these simple barrel bolts (sliding latches) on hand which I put on the stand as a trial. It turned out that they work just fine and I never saw a need for anything else. You need two bolts, mounted on opposite corners of the stand. As well you need to drill a hole for the bolt in the side bracing -- indicated by the red arrow.
I then started tearing down the stand. In this photo the tools have been removed and you can see the carriage bolts that I use to hold the tools to the fliptop.
Removing the top. The pivot mounting blocks are held in place by two screws from the inside of the cabinet.

 

For many years I had a 40lb bag of sand in the bottom storage compartment. Back when I built this stand I did my research and pretty much every plan that I found suggested putting some weight in the base, to help keep the center of gravity low. They were all worried that the stand might flip over, with the high center of gravity from having the planer spinning around. However, in all my years of use I have never found this necessary. Since the dw735 is such a wide/squat planer, the stand is quite wide, and therefore I don't think there is any reasonable chance of the stand flipping over.

(In contrast, with a narrower planer, and a corresponding narrower fliptop stand, there probably is a risk of tipping.)

So I decided that I would knock out one of the crosspieces and build a storage drawer into the base of the stand.

I use a 1/2" diameter steel rode as an axle for the pivoting top. The top is made from two pieces of plywood laminated together. The yellow line in the photo indicates how the rod is inside the top.
You must have some sort of locking casters under a mobile stand. Otherwise the whole stand can move while you are using the tool, which could be dangerous. I really like double-locking casters, which lock both the wheel and the pivot. However, they're also quite pricey. I have found that I only need to lock one wheel when using the planer -- or rarely two wheels. Therefore to save money I put two cheap wheels on the stand (indicated by the red arrow) and two double-locking wheels (indicated by the blue arrow). This is one easy way to save some money when building this project.
Ripping out the one lower crosspiece. I don't normally build things to easily come apart, so I had used both glue and screws when building this back in 2007. Therefore it was a bit messy to take apart.
For the drawer I just kept things simple. I used butt joints, reinforced with glue and screws.
For the bottom, I glued and nailed a piece of 1/4" plywood to the drawer bottom.
I used some surplus full-extension drawer slides for mounting the drawer. When it comes to free/surplus stuff, you don't always get a lot of choice. These were only about 17" long, whereas the drawer opening was over 23" deep. I compromised and picked drawer size somewhat inbetween those numbers.
I could now put the fliptop stand back together and remount my tools.

This is a closeup of one corner of the top, showing how the tools are mounted. Both tools come with mounting holes. The planer is shown on top, with a bolt through the base into the top of the stand. Over on the right you can see the carriage bolt that goes through the top to hold on the miter saw which is currently underneat the top. The bolts are indicated by arrows in the photo.

I wanted to mention this, because you need to allow for the OTHER tool when you are mounting a tool to a fliptop stand. For instance, two of the mounting bolts for the miter saw fall UNDER the planer. Fortunately there is enough of a gap so that the bolts do not interfer with the planer. However it does mean that I need to mount the miter saw first, and the planer second. As well, if I want to remove the miter saw, then I need to first remove the planer.

Finally, here are two photos of my fliptop stand, now fully reassembled, and showing the new storage drawer in the base.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

See Also:


Aging Cherry With Lye


Mobile Tablesaw Workstand


Plywood veneer Repair


Disc Sander Build


Fixing My Tablesaw Stand