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Project by bondogaposis posted 10-28-2014 10:08 PM 1529 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought an old 1953 Boice Crane jointer and it came on a home made base. The problem the base raised the jointer 6 1/2” off the ground to a working height of 40 1/2”. I’m 6’ tall and that was too high for comfortable jointing. I thought I could do better. So I came up with a design for a low profile mobile base on 3” casters. I was able to lower the working height to 35 1/2”, much, much better and I still can move it easily. The last picture shows the old base. The wood is DF and oak, just what I had laying around.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 12:17 AM

Very nicely built.

Can you stop it from rolling some how when you use it?

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 12:37 AM

Right now the plan is to wedge the wheels. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet as I just got mounted on the base this afternoon.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 11:55 AM

Nice idea, the box to catch the savings is a nice touch ;-)

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 01:12 PM

Being wood and with so little clearance from the floor it is almost hard to believe that it won’t sag, but you have built it so well and with such heavy timber that I think it will stay good. Great design and build!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 03:23 PM

stefang, It looks lower in the photos than it is. It has 3/4” clearance which should be enough to accommodate some sag. I’m hoping to have a new shop next year and have enough room to dispense w/ the mobile base altogether. Right now though, I have to be able to move it around.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 03:28 PM

Great idea for a base. Have heard about Boice Crane jointers, but this is the first one I have seen. Does
it work OK? Hope your plan for a new shop works out.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 05:30 PM

Yeah, it works ok, so far, but I am missing some parts that it looks I will have to make myself. Until I get that done I can’t really use it a lot. So far I have re-wired the motor to include a ground and put a new switch and cord on it and replaced the belt. I also want make a dust port for it. I haven’t decided if I want to completely repaint or not. The motor mount was very rusty so I took that off and removed the rust and repainted that. I think it will work great when I get it tweaked back into working condition.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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