This is a tale of two back injuries, a planer, a jointer and a small garage. The story starts with me buying the Dewalt DW735 13” planer. I had bravely planned to keep it under my bench, and haul it out when it was needed. Seemed like a good plan at the start. I was a little worried by it being listed as weighing 92lbs, but I reasoned that “hey, I’m a young guy and yeah, 92lbs is heavy but I’m strong.” Fast forward to me bringing the planer home and lifting it out of the box onto my bench, and my lower back just ever so slightly protesting. I have learned to listen to my back after several past injuries; when it starts to protest, I pay attention. So…I needed an alternate plan. My garage is too small for a dedicated planer stand, but I have seen several nifty projects on LJ’s for “flip” planer stands. Seemed like a perfect idea; I would build a planer stand that would double as an outfeed table for my TS, with my planer stored upside down underneath when not in use. Then, when I rotated my planer upright, I could use my TS surface as an outfeed table for my planer. “Brilliant” I thought. One day’s work later, I had the flip stand assembled and two coats of urethane on it and was feeling pretty good about life.
Part 2: Concurrent with buying the planer, I have begun the planning stage of buying a jointer. My new tool buying process is fairly simple: 1) Convince myself that I need a new tool 2) Convince myself that I have the money 3) Stay up late many nights researching on the internet the available choices and ability for me to get something shipped to i)Canada ii)the remote part of Canada I live in. 4) Figure out how I’m going to fit the tool in my garage. 5) Buy the tool. Step 4 was where I was at today with my jointer buying process. In the process of trying to heave my 500lb TS across the floor to see if I could fit a jointer alongside it; my upper back began to protest. As I stopped and cursed my small garage and my heavy TS I realized that the answer, as so many of you with small shops already know, is to give my TS a mobile base and simply move it out of the way when I want to use my jointer. Not convenient, but the best solution until I have a bigger garage. So, off to the local tool store for the General International mobile base (I’ll have to review it sometime). Several hours later, and much fiddlng with the base, I had the TS on it, and back into place. Then came the discovery that is the “two steps back” portion of this blog: the mobile stand lowered the TS 1/2” so now my carefully constructed outfeed table was higher than the TS surface, and the flip side planer surface was now 1/2” above the TS surface. Needless to say, the rest of my night has been taking apart my planer stand to cut it down 1/2”. Sigh. Hopefully back in business tomorrow.
-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil