Sometimes a benchtop power tool, such as a drum sander, stores efficiently facing one direction, but must be rotated to go to work.

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Swing your sander into action and swivel it to stow
Swing your sander into action and swivel it to stow

Sometimes a benchtop power tool, such as a drum sander, stores efficiently facing one direction, but must be rotated to go to work. Other times, such as with a belt/disc sander, there are two working positions. I solved these problems by creating a benchtop platform that rotates on a lazy-Susan bearing. Here's how you can, too.

Cut the platform from 34 " plywood. Drill holes through it for the mounting bolts, and install T-nuts on the underside of the platform. Test-fit the tool, making certain that the bolts don't protrude more than 14 ", or they will drag on the bench. If they do, buy shorter bolts or hacksaw them to length.

Remove the tool, and screw the lazy-Susan bearing to the bottom of the platform. Drill 1" access holes through the platform, and screw the assembly to your bench. Mount the tool, and rotate it into its working position. Drill a 1" hole near one corner of the base and into your bench to accept a bolt that keeps the platform from turning while you're working
—Ken Prill, Chippewa Falls, Wis.