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Hi everyone…..I just finished placing my Christmas present from the “fam” in its new home. Its a DEWALT 734 planer. I built a slide-out in a section of my workbench so it will stow away without a problem. I used heavy duty slides but for weight concerns I installed a large castor. It works wonderful. I can run a very heavy board through without worrying about stressing the drawer out.

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You can just make out the castor I used under the drawer.

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After looking at these photos I realized what a mess the shop is in. Guess tomorrow is cleaning day. I’ll post more pics of the shop after I put in more lighting. I also need to mount a Delta radial arm saw along the other wall. Is a shop ever DONE!

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"



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Ecocandle

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#1 posted 1568 days ago

I was looking at that very planer yesterday. I look forward to hearing how it works for you over time. I was told yesterday, that one problem people have is that the blades dull quickly. The guy said the reason wasn’t the blades, but people were planing rought cut lumber. That is why I wanted it, so I asked why. He said that they don’t run something over the rough sides before planing, to knock the dirt and such out. It was his opinion that this is why the blades dull so quickly. He has that very planer and loves it, and doesn’t have problems with the blades at all.

Enjoy.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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johnnymo

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#2 posted 1568 days ago

Looks great! You have a very nice shop!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 1567 days ago

I have the exact same planer, you’ll love it!!!!!!

But the first time I had to crack the screws to flip the blade—-everyone of them
was froze up!!! Very difficult time——hours——seemed like years…

the fix======Break all the screws loose now and put a coat of anti sieze on them….

You’ll thank me later if you do-Or curse yourself later if you don’t!!!

Enjoy your toy!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 1567 days ago

Great looking shop by the way!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 1567 days ago

Greetings Eric:

I was looking at your pixs you posted, and noticed a boat setting in the drive. It looked like a bass boat, but hard to tell. Just wondering if you fish, and if so, do you ever fish Toledo Bend Resivoir? Been going down there for years to bass fish witha bunch of guys—- since 1985. By the way….. nice planer….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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mnorusis

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#6 posted 1567 days ago

I have that planer too, it’s great and have had no problems with blades dulling too quickly.

You might want to think about facing it the other way (assuming you are going to be using it in place), so that the dust shoot faces away from the workbench. Might make it easier to hook up your dustcollection.

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hootr

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#7 posted 1567 days ago

ain’t you lucky to have such a generous family
wish i had your foresight on the long stuff (yes, the voice of a bad experience)
i was in a hurry to see if mine would handle a nice piece of walnut, 3”x12”x75”. it caught the roller instead of riding up on it. after the crash i had bent the outfeed on the planer and skinned it up pretty bad.
no permannent damage except to my ego.
good job and a nice shop

-- Ron, Missouri

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1567 days ago

Super shop and congratd on the new planner

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Gary

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#9 posted 1567 days ago

They made a great investment in your shop. You must use the bandsaw a lot….I saw two.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Craftsman on the lake

2269 posts in 1943 days


#10 posted 1567 days ago

That’s my planer. It’s handled lots of red oak for a year now. No issues so far. that dust collection port will have to be reinstalled each time you flip up the outfeed table. It does hang easily on it’s own but put all the screws in and connect it to a vacuum and it catches all the shavings.

Have fun!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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stefang

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#11 posted 1567 days ago

Nice present for a great shop with TWO bandsaws!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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ericandcandi

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#12 posted 1567 days ago

I have to admit I love my delta bandsaw but I found a rigid drill press on craigslist. When I got there they asked if I wanted to buy the rigid bandsaw for 100 bucks….well yeh!!!! both units had 3 hours on them. This was my first blog post. Thanks for all of the great comments.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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drfixit

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#13 posted 1567 days ago

I have the 733, no problems with it at all. I would suggest you looking in the wixey planer height gauge. I put one on mine and love it.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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RichClark

157 posts in 1936 days


#14 posted 1563 days ago

Its looking Sweet Eric! I bet if ya are careful you can win brownie points this way. All my junk is moveable (well the bench is dragable in spurts.. when I am in Making Mode I Make.. I sweep up and put everything on my side and let her park in the garage.. She know I am making stuff for us so when I am “Project” mode the entire “shop” is mine.. So while were noodling out the next project for the house She is a happier Negociator casue her car is inside the garage!

Take Care… cant wait to see what flows out of ya new “Shed”

Rich

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 1563 days ago

Great looking shop.

The answer is “no, it will never be done.”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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