Flip-Top Cart

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Turn the tables on a small shop with this space saver.

By Matthew Teague

Overall dimensions: 281⁄2"w × 421⁄2"l × 331⁄8"h

Benchtop machines are an essential part of any workshop, but they eat up valuable space when not in use. This innovative cart offers a space-saving solution for machines that aren’t in use. When the tool is needed, simply flip the top to bring it upright. When you’re done, flip the tool underneath and put the flat work surface side to use. Outfitted with casters, the cart can be rolled into the center of the shop or parked out of the way.

This cart can be quickly and economically built from a few sheets of plywood, some hardwood, a bit of commonly available hardware, and four high-quality casters. The top consists of a solid wood web sandwiched between plywood facings for strength and stability. The plywood cases are joined with simple rabbets and dadoes glued and screwed together, with everything riding atop a plywood base outfitted with casters to provide mobility. Sized as is, this cart will accommodate a variety of portable machines, but feel free to adjust its dimensions if necessary to suit your machines and shop layout. See “Smart Sizing” on page 48.


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