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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087 Gumball Dispenser

Looking for a fun project, that will make a great conversation piece no matter where you have it this gumball dispenser will certainly make a conversation piece even if you don’t use it for candy. Leave it on your bar for the big kids or in the playroom for the real kids.

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A similar project was published in a local woodworking magazine I thought it would make a great project for the grandchildren so I redrew it and added a couple of useful features.

I took the liberty of embellishing their simple project and adding what I felt were necessary enhancements. You will need to locate a mason jar or similar with a neck diameter of 2 ¾” or adjust the top block to suit your gumball jar.

The gumball machine is simply a stack of blocks with holes in the right location to drop the gumballs when you spin the dispensing wheel.

I added a catch tray for the gumballs, a notched dispensing wheel and a locking mechanism which drives a thumbscrew into the cog on the dispensing wheel so little hands can’t empty the machine on their own. You really do want to control their sugar intake.

A fun project for any woodworker and it will certainly be appreciated by the younger generation.

Have Fun!

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