Easy Shop Table - Planer Table #7: Final Thoughts...

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Blog entry by Lockwatcher posted 04-03-2011 11:28 PM 13316 reads 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I think the table turned out just fine…

I didn’t run into any real problems during construction…however I did notice when I was ripping the original lumber (as well as subsequent sanding) that the wood had a very strong smell to it. Not sure why – sometimes you get that from pine.

Make sure if you build one of these to countersink & predrill your screw holes – otherwise, you may split the lumber. I have not put together a plan as of yet for finishing these tables…polyurethane or shellac would both be good options.

One other thought…I spoke to another “Jock” about adding an additional shelf to the shop table…thats a great idea (on the taller version). You could also easily add some standards and add a drawer (just below the planer maybe)...just a couple ideas..

While I did not have any real problems, I did build this table twice…that’s right twice! I built this same table a couple weeks back…but made it the wrong size for the new planer I was getting. I had a few options at that time. 1) Scrap the first one & start over… 2) Make a larger double-top to hook the new planer on to… 3) Re-purpose the first one for another application and then build another one…

Yep, built another one and re-purposed the first!

The first one I built will now be home to my bench sander (amd maybe something else as well)...

Below: The original table, repurposed for my sander and other things.

Above: The new Easy Shop Table – Planer Version with my new Dewalt Planer on top. The table stands 30 1/2” tall (with casters).

I hope that you have enjoyed this series, as I am probably done building shop tables for now.

These are easy to build, low in cost and amazingly strong (the planer is 92 lbs.).

If you do build one (or more) please post pictures in the comment section here as well as in your own project area!

See my other projects here: Lockwatcher's Projects
Thanks, Ken C / Lockwatcher

Lockwatcher's Lair

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 04:12 AM

Glad I saw this on the blogs page. I want to built several similar tables, and this has been a good read. Thanks for sharing!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 09:24 PM

looks great….where did you get your casters from? These tables/benche’s are always so cheap to make untill yo uhave to drop 50.00 on casters…..

-- John Gray

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Dave Pearce

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 04:49 PM


Ken posted in another thread about the casters, I’ll paste it here: You’re right, the casters add alot of cost to the project, although I think any table you buy with good quality casters won’t be cheap regardless. At least in the case of these tables you get the chance to build it however you want, and add any accessories (shelves, drawers, or hangers) at any time in the future.

The casters I found came from a local place called Woodwerks, Ohio). As you noted, they are not cheap ($11.25 each). When I first went looking for them, they had a bunch (10 or so) for $7.00 each – yep – bought them all.

They are a 5” caster that raise your item 6 1/4” off the floor. On the invoice, they are marked as “Steelex 5” Red Poly Swivel w/brake” – The part number from Woodwerks is “D2612”.

I did end up buying one set of Woodcraft casters, and they are almost identical…the key difference is the size of the mounting plate. On the Woodwerks the top plate is 3” x 3” – the Woodcraft plate is 3” x 3 3/4”.

-Here’s the thread on the casters:


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#4 posted 01-04-2016 01:04 PM

Great Job Ken!! – I was blessed with a Dewalt 735 for Christamas and ran across your blog -I love these tables and will be starting mine this weekend – one question if you don’t mind – you mention Double top in your final thoughts – did you double the 3/4 MDF to make it 1 1/2” top thickness?
That is what I was planning and just curious

Thanks Dave

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 06:42 PM

Ended up building a second unit for my planer…the double top mentioned was in order to increase the width and length for my planer (built one the wrong size). With the size of the top, doubling was not needed (plenty of holding power).
Ken C

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#6 posted 08-29-2016 03:12 AM

Finished my Planer Table love this project – my son has asked for one too -;)

Thanks Ken for the tutorial and the motivation

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