162 Double Flip-Top Workstation

Double Flip-top Workstation

Double Flip-top

I designed and made this double flip-top workstation for a couple of pieces of machinery that I use, but not often. It just makes a convenient way to store the equipment and saved some floor space at the same time.

This particular project was designed for the machines that I wanted to mount on it. You can easily adapt the sizes of all components to suit your needs. For example your drawer (optional) may be larger if your equipment allows for more space. Mind you the drawer is handy for storing related accessories.

The other optional component are the castors. If the stand doesn’t need to be mobile than you could make your sides higher which will provide a larger area for your equipment.

The construction is very basic yet very sturdy as the sides and flip-top are doubled up. The ¼” molding is also optional and does nothing but hide the plywood edges and the seam where the sides are laminated together. There is no complicated joinery, the majority of the parts are held together with screws and the threaded rod provides the strength in he upper half.

The flip-top latches in two locations, both located in the front. However there are latches on all four corners to secure the top in place in either position.

Either way you flip it I’m sure everyone has a use for this dual purpose workstation.

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Free Cam Clamp Plan

Cam Clamp

Shop Made Cam Clamp

Put the squeeze on high priced clamps with these free cam clamp plans. …. Just make your own

You can construct as many clamps as you require in varying lengths and at huge cost savings.

I saw a picture and description of these clamps on Instructable’s that were designed by Mike from Wood Shop Mike. I just redrew them in Sketchup and provided dimensions them in Metric and British units. If you would prefer there are plans and construction details on Mike’s website as well. Just follow this LINK.

I was so impressed with the design I wanted to share it with my fellow woodworkers.

Have Fun!

Click to Download Cam Clamp Plan

139 Swivel Clamp Storage

Double the clamps …. half of the wall space!

Wall space is always at a premium in even the largest shops so the less room you have to occupy to accomplish your clamp storage issues the better.

This clamp rack is designed to be wall mounted, high enough to accommodate your longest bar or pipe clamp. The rack will hold 31 bar and pipe clamps and there is room on the end for an assortment of smaller clamps. The lower center cross brace could be used for even more storage. Of course all of the dimensions are variable to suit your needs. The design as shown would require approximately four feet of wall space to allow it to swivel for easy access, however since it is a double sided design it will hold twice as many clamps in the same space. The angled brace is a must have, like a fence gate you have to distribute the weight and support the load. In this design I used a 1 ½” pipe as the swivel for strength but I’m sure a smaller diameter of pipe would work just fine. The unit would have to be lag bolted to a wall stud as there will be considerable weight when it is loaded to capacity.

The majority of the material used is 2x construction boards planed to 1 ¼” thick for lower cost and convenience. Dimensions are provided in British and Metric units for your convenience.

This was a fun project to draw and now I’m heading to have to shop to build one for myself as I always need more clamp storage.

Happy Woodworking!

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128 Shop Helper: Sheet Good Lifter/ Feeder

Shop CartThe Shop Helper

Do you ever wish you had another pair of hands to help out in the shop? Well I’ve just designed your new best friend.

We both know that handling 4 x 8 sheets of any product is a pain in the neither region. Struggling to get it lined up so you can make a cut on the tablesaw is not a job for the timid.

The shop helper will help to alleviate that problem. Just load the sheet good onto the rolling cart from your vehicle and wheel it over to the front of your tablesaw.

Now lift the tilting top up into place until the gravity fed locking arms fall into place, push your leveling pins in place for security, lock your castors and you’re ready to feed the stock into your tablesaw. The material lifts very easily because the fulcrum point is just off center.

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A Scratch Stock

Scratch Stock Holder

I realize that making and using a scratch stock to shape a special profile is not new, as a matter of fact it’s been around a lot longer than I have (and that’s quite a while) but this week was the first time I have had the need for such a tool.

Profile Maker

I’m currently repairing and refurbishing an old six foot dinning table that collapses in on itself to become a 20″ wide side table. The mechanism under the table is a series of short sliding dovetailed rails that fold in on each other allowing you to expand and contract the table. I was very impressed that someone came up with this idea more than 80 years ago.

Table Mechanism

The table was missing all of the leaves for the extension, which is no problem. However I could not match the profile on the top edge with any of the router bits and molding heads that I have. so I made a profile on a piece of old card stock and then designed a holder for the blade.

If you have any need for this specialty tool you can download the FREE PDF file here Scratch Stock  🙂

There will be a plan available for this cleverly designed dining table in the very near future

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101 Flip-Top Workstation

Space Saving Mobile Workstation

Everyone is trying to conserve space in their shop no matter what the size. This space saving Flip-Top workstation will cut down you bench-top machine footprint considerably plus keep your machines easily accessible. The cart is easy to use and inexpensive to build. A great addition for any shop!

Base Exploded

I saw a similar cart in an on-line article and felt their design wasn’t strong enough to support your valuable shop equipment the way it should be. The Flip-Top workstation is constructed using construction grade materials both for strength and to keep the cost reasonable. I have designed the bracing so it would provide lass racking and the top is a torsion box design so it will stay flat. The top of the Flip-Top cart pivots on ½” bolts and is secured in place with simple sliding latches. The legs are also bolted and screwed for extra strength. I also doubled up the top layers so you have lots of material to anchor your equipment.

If you keep the weight close to equal on both sides of the top it will act as a counterbalance when you are rotating the top to switch machines.  

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094 Box Joint Jig w/ Micro Adjust

Each time I build a project that requires box (finger) joints I scab together a quick jig anf have at it.. I guess I have been lucky as it works most of the time. However I found out that you have to be more accurate especially on wide panels.

My last project required a box joint on 12 ¾ “sides. My test pieces worked out fine so I went ahead and cut the work-pieces. Unfortunately my test pieces were only about 3 ½ “wide. When I fit the 12” boards they started out great but by the end they were out and did not line up. The moral of this story is jig accuracy is vital over a long span.

So I designed this jig with micro adjust capabilities now I can dial in the exact width between the cut and the registration key, down to thousands of an inch.

The jig is fairly simple to build but will be an invaluable tool in the shop. The othr alternative is to purchase a commercially made jig for a couple of hundred dollars

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082 Old Style Toolbox: Build a classic!

Old Style Toolbox

Using an old picture from Popular Woodworking I have tried to re-create this toolbox that was designed by “Sloyd” in 1900.

Old Style Tool Box

I can imagine carpenters of that era heading off to a jobsite with a similar style of toolbox in hand. Carrying a minimum amount of hand tools and completing beautiful functional work that is still around today.

This 6 ½” x 18” x 22” toolbox with its leather handle and simple design was all that was required. Unlike today when we arrive with a truck full of power equipment and every jig and accessory you can imagine. Is craftsmanship dead? Absolutely not! We have just changed the way we work and these days time is money.

Toolbox Construction:

The case is built using four boards to create the case. The joinery and assembly is completed and then the 2” deep door is cut away using a bandsaw, tablesaw or even a hand saw (if you are so inclined). The case is built using ½” material to keep the overall weight to a minimum and the back and front panels are from ¾” stock for stability and to allow for mounting if tool hanging hardware.

Have fun building this old style toolbox and hopefully it will be around in 100 plus years like Mr. Sloyds.

Happy Woodworking!

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080 Utilitarian Tool-Chest

Do you ever wish you had your shop tools more organized? This simple tool chest might be the answer.

The tool well on top will hold tools up to 5” high and then there are two drawers at 3” high and the lowest drawer is 3 ½” high. You will be amazed at how much you can store in a single location. The drawers are all 10 ½” deep

This sturdy well designed tool-chest will help put an end to shop clutter. Constructed out of Baltic Birch plywood or an inexpensive hardwood it will provide a home for your regularly used tools. Whether your new tool chest lives on its own roll around cart or on the end of your workbench everything will be within reach when you need it.

The drawer pulls and the carrying handles can be shop made or purchased whatever suits your taste.

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076 Portable Dovetail Spline Jig

Whenever I make a mitered box or frame I usually add simple splines to reinforce the miter joints. I was looking for something different and came up with a jig to cut dovetail slots on the corners.

This project is not really about the box (however it is a nice looking box) :). It’s really about the technique of creating dovetails that act as splines to strengthen the mitered corners.

I have included the plans for a simple box in case you do want to make it however the last few pages deal with the creation of the jig to cut the dovetail slots. It works very similar to a spline cutting jig except the jig is portable and you take your router to the jig instead of the other way around.

I hope you enjoy this project I believe this jig will see lots of use in my shop and I hope in yours as well. I would love to hear any comments you may have or better yet pictures of the masterpieces you create using your new dovetail spline jig. Happy woodworking!

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