I recently purchased off of Craigslist a barely used DeWalt DW735 thickness planner. The planer did not come with any type of stand or cart, so I will have to build one. My “workshop” is a two car garage which has two cars parked in it each and every night. So all of my tools must be on mobile carts and must also fit into a very limited space.
So with that in mind, I started searching the Internet for ideas. I found the Woodsmith Mobile Planer Stand. This design has a lot of elements that I like:
Relatively small footprint
Incorporates an outfeed table that folds up
Base has storage space
However there are certain elements that I do not like. I prefer drawers to shelves. I don’t like the design of the outfeed table and it has no infeed table. Changing the shelves to drawers is not a big problem, so I started to look for ideas how to improve the infeed/outfeed table design. I liked this idea the tables. So I came up with this design in Sketchup:
However once I had mostly completed the design, I realized that I didn’t really like it. One big issue is how the two tables are built into the stand. I don’t like the two “wings” at the bottom, and the whole design is just to complex. I started a forum topic to see if the infeed/outfeed tables are really necessary. I have two roller stands which I have been using with my old planer with some success. Not perfect but I have planned about 100 bf of oak with no major issues.
So I am thinking about eliminating the two tables for now, getting rid of the “wings” at the bottom. I maybe able to retro fit the tables directly to the sides of the base without having to use the wings for the hinge points.
Anyway give me your thoughts and ideas.