I learned a couple of things right off the first time I used the planer after installing it on this cabinet. The first thing learned was how powerful the Dewalt 735’s blower really was. The door chattered right against the bungie cords.
To fix this issue, I installed a much stronger rachet strap in place of the top bungie. That totally resolved the door chattering issue.
The second issue, discovered after the first, was the single filter I installed was not enough. You could actually hear the motor slow down a little when you closed the cabinet door. There was also some chips blowing back onto the planer table, also indicating restricted air flow and air blowing back. That was the whole reason I built this project, to fix that! Luckily that is an easy fix.
I installed a second filter right next to the first. With two filters, the airflow is much better and there is virtually no chip blow back onto the planer bed. I could also install a third possibly in the future, just to slow the effects of the filters getting clogged. I’m going to get some planning under my belt first before deciding that however. I am curious how quickly the filters will clog. Hopefully not too quickly!
So far I really like the cabinet a lot better than my old setup. You can see from the above picture a lot of chips end up in the bin, but some also blow onto the bottom of the cabinet around the corners. I can live with that.
One thing, pointed out by a reader in the third blog post and verified by me is the cabinet is tippy if you place a long and heavy board just into the beginning of the planer and let it go unsupported. While the planer isn’t really designed to support a 12’ long board like that, I don’t like the cart being tippy anyway. One thing I could do is just setup at least one infeed and one outfeed roller table to support long boards. This would be a good idea anyway. Another idea is to install some kind of fold away legs on the infeed and outfeed sides. Or I could make legs that do not fold away but hover just above the floor, only touching the floor if the cart starts to tip. I’ll have to think about what I want to do for a bit.
I’m still pretty happy with the design and execution so far. Thanks for reading.