sander / planer cart

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Project by hairy posted 10-27-2008 07:33 PM 12074 views 25 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to get these off my workbench, they’re too heavy to be moving around. I thought they would be too heavy for a flip top cart, so I’m trying this. Like most things in my small garage, it’s a compromise. The planer is a wee bit low, and the sander’s a little high, but close enough to get by. It’s nothing fancy or pretty, but it is sturdy and low cost. It’s all off the shelf 2×4’s half lapped, glued, screwed and air nailed together. I will finish this off with homemade infeed/outfeed tables. I left it as an open framework for when I need to get to the planer knives. It might not work for everyone, but it is an improvement for me.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#1 posted 10-27-2008 07:47 PM

Great solution, after all, in this scenario, only you need to be happy.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 10-27-2008 07:53 PM

I can see from the joints you’re a true Lumberjock. I can also see the screws used to hold it firm While the glue dried. ( I will assume you used glue on the joints) If I were to change one thing it would be in at my shop.
I can also see you use the best equipment so it will last a life time and than some.
Nice project.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#3 posted 10-27-2008 07:59 PM

Well designed and built looking just the job.I have made some of these carts workbenches for some of my tools but they ended up being made from latger tables cut down and welded to size with new tops added.I have also bought some but yours looks great well done again kind regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 10-27-2008 08:49 PM

Great project, great result – both machine tools are now easily accessible.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Grant Davis

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#5 posted 10-27-2008 09:05 PM

Excellent soultion, thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 10-27-2008 09:53 PM

Great solution, I have the same planer and also need all the room I can get in my garage. I think I will copy your design.


-- Mike Lebo

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#7 posted 10-27-2008 10:18 PM

I should have explained more clearly I made my tables out of steel in case I didn’t make that clear.good luck Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 10-28-2008 01:56 AM

Great cart yes ….I have a couple of these carts and they really do the job ….nice very nice work …


Go WASHINGTON yikes …!!!!! I hope we win one game this year..

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#9 posted 10-28-2008 05:17 PM

That’s using the old noodle. Two machines with one footprint. Great idea!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#10 posted 10-28-2008 05:18 PM

Great solution. I have these same two tools and I have been thinking about doing something like this. Thanks for the post!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 10-28-2008 05:48 PM

Good idea and glad you posted it. I have been noodling about my planer and my miter saw. My miter saw is on a metal folding 48” stand and is a little bit of a pain to get out and set up, and my planer is on the end of my workbench and is frequently in the way.

I could build a similar table and put the miter saw on top and the planer underneath like you did.

I find that I have spells where I need one or the other several times a day but not the other. It would be easy to swap positions if need be or temporarily put one on the workbench.

Thanks again for the post. Nice construction ideas also. That’s one of the nice benefits to daily checking the forum.


-- JimJ - Oakton, VA

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#12 posted 04-07-2009 11:35 PM

Hairy: You need to put a couple of drawers under the bottom tool rest. i hate to loose all of that great space. Thats a sandpaper storage and also planer knives storage.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 09-30-2010 06:16 PM

I missed this when you originally posted it. Excellent solution!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 11-25-2013 07:09 PM

This is a great idea. It makes a lot of sense to have the planer closer to the ground. Depending on how you make this design it could take substantially less time than the swivel type, it would be guaranteed to be sturdier, and less expensive to build. Thanks for posting.


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#15 posted 01-09-2015 01:38 AM

Has anyone tried this idea using a scissor lift under the bottom tool to raise it up some? I am just finishing a flip top tool bench but like this one as well.

-- Ed, Dawson Creek

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