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Mobile Planer Cart #1: Initial thoughts and design

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Blog entry by dschlic1 posted 08-11-2015 11:53 PM 1363 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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
Nice looking
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.



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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 08-12-2015 01:40 AM

I haven’t had any issues planning long stock with my 735. I just use the Dewalt factory stand and normal extension tables. Anything over 6-7’ long, I will use a pair of rollers for extra support. Most of my rough lumber is cut close to finish length before jointing and planing, so I am usually working with shorter stock.
Long extension tables would be nice, but I wouldn’t mess with those folding wings.

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#2 posted 08-12-2015 11:10 AM

Hi, I built my planer cart with essentially the same concerns and used Woodsmith plans. (Details are on my project page) Since using it regularly for the past two years, here are my thoughts.
-I do not like the shelves. I have been meaning to switch to drawers but have not yet. The shelves have become a catch-all for ‘stuff’.
-I was leery of the PVC ‘rollers’ but they have been fantastic. No complaints whatsoever.
- I have never needed an infeed table. The one on my Ridgid planer has been more than sufficient for long and short stock
- in hindsight, I should have used bigger casters. The cart is heavy and catches on the small lip between my garage floor and the driveway.
-if you use the woodsmith plans, do NOT rely on the latch to keep the outfeed arms up when not in use! It let go when I was pushing the cart to the driveway. I couldn’t do it if again if I tried, but I managed to smash both index fingers between the height adjustment screws and the metal latch. Painful is an understatement. I now have a hook and eye latch on each side.

The cart gets rolled up against the wall when not in use. If I were to do it over again, I would use the same plans with those modifications.

Hope that helps.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 08-12-2015 09:45 PM

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