Double Flip-top Workstation
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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Shop-Made Router Lift
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This homemade lift has always been a popular project with visitors to the website. The construction is relatively easy and the benefits in the shop are huge.
For anyone that always wanted a router lift, but just couldn’t justify the cost. This is may be the answer to you dilemma. The shop-made lift is constructed for the most part with plywood. The guide rails and v-blocks should be made using a dense hardwood like maple. The travel of the carrier is made possible with a threaded rod and a threaded insert. It can be driven with a wrench or to make it a little faster a socket and ratchet drive. Any play in the travel is taken up with the set screws that apply pressure on the hardwood v-blocks. The lower nut should be locked in place with silicone to stop it spinning. All of the finer details are laid out in the plan.
You do have to purchase a standard router plate which is available at any woodworking store like Rockler or Busy Bee in Canada. When your project is constructed it will fit the majority of barrel style routers on the market.
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Kids Kitchen Booster
Children like to help mom or dad in the kitchen now you can keep them safe and secure instead of standing on a chair with the Kids Kitchen Booster.
The helper stands 36” high so it is in line with most kitchen counter tops. The platform that they stand on is adjustable to three different positions so depending on the size of your little assistant you can make it work.
The front rungs (stretchers) are used as a ladder so the children can climb on to the platform.
One of the best features about this Kid’s project is its ability to collapse to a thickness of 8 9/16” for easy storage when not in use.
I designed the booster so it will fit up tight to the counter, even the flared feet which I added for stability will fit under the toe-kick on most kitchen cabinetry.
The project is very simple to build and consists of only eight different pieces. The mortise and tenon joinery makes the helper rock solid and will last for years. As far as materials just about anything will work. I would likely suggest a hardwood just for strength, however if you are concerned about weight or are trying to keep the costs down a softwood will work just fine. One thing I would consider adding would be the plastic edging on the collapsible sides just as an extra level of security.
Helping to keep your children safe in the kitchen ….. Happy woodworking!
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Convertible Picnic Table or Bench
**Correction on Parts List: Part K … Quantity should read 6**
This convertible bench – table is great when you are limited for space on a small deck or a campsite easily convert your bench into a picnic table or table into a bench whatever you need at the time. Made entirely from construction lumber or if you want to dress it up you may want to use cedar.
The overall construction of this project is quite basic but accuracy it very important. There has to be clearance while converting from table to bench or vice versa. It also has to sit level no matter how your furniture is being used.
I designed the project using ¾” dowel stock as pivot points, however you could easily use bolts and nuts as long as you recess the bolt head and locking nut.
In either position the table or bench sits at a normal height of approximately 19” from the ground for the seating and 30” from the ground which is normal table height. I have shown the fixture in different colors but that is just for clarity when viewing.
In either position the furniture piece will be handy and certainly a conversation piece with your family, friends and visitors. Have fun …. Happy Woodworking!
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Is it a Table or a Bench 🙂
The game of cribbage provides great family fun, and is relatively easy to build. Very few pieces yet a challenge to build. The routed storage compartments and the dovetailed game board lock make for an interesting project. However the results are worth the head scratching. A drilling template is included or you can layout the holes with the provided measurements. Enjoy!
This game was the winner of a woodworking project design challenge hosted by Woodworkers Journal (Rockler Affiliate)
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The Billiard Chair
One of the most used projects I have built. I saw a picture of a similar chair in a Canadian Woodworking magazine several years ago and thought how useful that would be. So the plan was born with permission of the author.
You sit up at about 3 feet so you can watch the table, relax and enjoy your favourite beverage while you are playing or watching the game in progress. You will likely need more than one as they are a very popular perch.
The upholstered seat and backrest make a nice comfortable addition to the project. I also scroll sawed the families surname initial in the upper back rest just to personalize the project.
This chair was constructed using red oak but I’m sure any hardwood would work just fine. Not shown in the plan but worth the extra time would be to round over all exposed edges for comfort and appearance. The through tenons all have a 45 degree chamfer to give them a finished look. The upper front and rear rails are secured with screws through the side tenons and faux tenons are used to plug the mortises.
After you complete this project for yourself, don’t be surprised if you get requests from your friends that have a pool table. Enjoy! Always Work Safely
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Shoe Trays (2 Units)
A friend who comes to my shop every Thursday night was in need of a project for this season. We have decided on this shoe storage cabinet as both Colleen and her husband seem to have a tremendous amount of shoes.
So this shoe storage container came to be.
The project is actually two storage units that sit side by side. The units are his and hers or maybe hers and hers I’m not sure. The dimensions (easily adjusted) had to fit under a window in their entrance (mud) room. These dimensions work well for Colleen however you may want to adjust the sizes to suit your needs.
Each tray area should hold four to six various pairs of shoes depending on the style.
The project is made using veneer core plywood for all of the case parts. The tray will be constructed using Maple and all of the plywood edges will be cover is a shop made maple edge banding.
If you wish you can trim the front frame in a contrasting hardwood. It will certainly dress the piece up nicely.
I will attempt to post progress pictures as the build is completed …
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Chinese Checkers Game
The game of Chinese checkers has been around forever. It is a very simple game to play yet provides hours of great family fun.
The game board sits down from the top edge in a dado, so the marbles can’t roll off if they come out of the holes.
I would suggest using MDF or a good birch plywood for the playing surface so that seasonal movement doesn’t affect the frame.
You will get lots of drilling practice with this project but to make it easier I have included a drilling template that you just have to photocopy and lay over the board and drill away. There is also a storage drawer to keep your marbles when not in use. It held closed with a magnet and has an internal fixed lid so the marbles stay in the tray when you’re moving it around. I added corner splines for strength and appearance they are recommended, but optional.
When it’s time to paint the play area, if you tape off 3 of the colored triangles, spray paint them the various colors, and then when that dries you can repeat the process for the rest. The hardwood around the edge is your choice, I would suggest a fancier wood just to jazz up the game. I’ve shown it here with purpleheart.
I have included the rules for playing Chinese checkers in case you have forgotten.
Work safely but have fun in the shop. Happy woodworking!
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Bathroom Tissue Box Cover & TP Roll Storage Tower
These two bathroom accessories started out as a simple drawing. I have been drawing so many beds and large pieces of furniture lately I was looking for a nice simple project that I could complete in a couple of evenings. Then as I got into it I thought this could be a very nice accent project or gift so it became more elaborate as I continued to work on the design.
The tissue box cover was designed around a box of Kleenex (Brand name) I had in the shop and the toilet roll holder just seemed like a nice complimentary piece.
Both pieces are thin walled with accent wood for highlights and mitered corners with 1/8” splines for strength and appearance.
Be sure to check the measurements for the products that you normally purchase for your household and adjust the sizes accordingly.
This little project is on my to-do list as soon as I get the entertainment center completed that I’m working on. Happy Woodworking
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Double Folding Bed
Looking for the NEW Version of the DOUBLE FOLDING BED it’s HERE …. Plan # 148
On the suggestion of a several fellow woodworkers, I have made a few modifications to the original double size Bed-in-a-Box.
The original double bed in a box plan was designed around the size of a California king size bed. Several users wanted to build a smaller version it was suggested a double bed would be useful.
Because the bed has to collapse and fit into the box when not in use I had to modify the side frames to accommodate the narrower width. The new design actually makes it very easy to build whatever size suits your needs by varying the length of the center joiner side frame and adjusting your slats accordingly.
The new plan is designed to fit a double (full or standard) mattress. (53 x 74 1/2). As I said previously it is more easily adapted to fit any size of mattress.
With the latest version I have eliminated four hinges and changed the ¼’ pivot dowel to a recessed ¼” hex bolt and nut for added strength.
In addition as of June I have added a detachable handle to make it easier to carry and a lock and pin set to secure the headboard in position when set up as a bed.
When we share ideas we all benefit Happy Woodworking!
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