Planer (Thicknesser) Stand for DeWalt DW-735

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Project by manuka posted 12-06-2014 02:23 AM 1491 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As an introduction, a request for feedback: I would be keenly interested in any thoughts about improving the outlet of the cyclone (which must spread invisible fine dust). Connect a dust extractor and vent it outside? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Another DW-735 Stand
There are already many great stands for the DW-735 on LJ, which is very helpful for a beginner like me. But I agonized over the integrated dust collection question. Compartment? Filters? Thien box?

When helpful folks on the forum made me realize I’d need a cyclone or Thien, I decided to build the planer stand to work in conjuction with a stand-alone dust collection car that also attaches to the mitre and table saws. This left a lot of space below the planer, which I decided to use for storage.

The storage theme is “material removal”: sanding on one side, planing on the other. Not sure yet if that’s enough storage or even convenient, but that’s where it is at the moment.

Some details illustrated by the photos:

Photo 1. The dimensions are such that if the stand bangs a wall, the wood takes the hit on all sides (about 1/2” — 10mm margin). This makes the thicknesser off-center because of the crank on the right side. As on my table saw stand, the construction is a mixture of Douglas Fir and 18mm (3/4”) ply. In the top support, there are two additional bars under the planer’s feet (where it bolts to the stand.) The stand sits on four locking casters. The bottom shelves go all the way through, the other shelves are divided for access on either side. For the finishing, I wanted to play with powder dyes from Rockler. The cherry came out too pink (I probably didn’t mix in enough dye), and I ended up drowning the pink in a sea of Mission Brown. At first I was horrified with how dark it came out (light suck), but with the planer on top the DW yellow gives a pleasant contrast. On top of the dye I used one coat of pure tung oil for sealing.

Photo 2. The height of the outfeed table is the same as the height of my table saw, which provides a convenient extension. It is quite high at 1040mm (41”) but ergonomic for my 6’2”.

Photo 3. This photo shows the off-center effect to ensure the table hits the wall before the crank. I cut some rubber to use as washers around the threaded rods.

Photo 4. Details of the shelves, casters and Douglas fir braces underneath the planer.

Photo 5. Front storage: thinking of using the front to store sanding-related stuff. In the background, the connection to the cyclone stand. At the moment I don’t have a filter at the outlet of the cyclone. When the planer is running you can’t see anything coming out of the outlet, but there must be loads of harmful invisible fine dust. To be addressed: a dust extractor to vent outside?

Photo 6. Storage at the back: thinking of storing planing-related things (hand plane etc)

Overall this was a satisfying beginner project and I’m pleased with how it came out. I realize that I kicked the fine dust problem down the road and that will have to be part of a broader strategy.

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#1 posted 12-06-2014 05:48 AM

Wonderful design, love that it has all the on-board storage and it outfeeds onto the TS

-- Norman

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 08:05 PM

Thanks much for your supporting comments, Norman. :)

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