Planer cart

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Progress on improving the shop continues… This weeks project, a cart for the my planer.

Assembly of the frame begins. With a couple of sheets of MDF to protect it, the top of my table saw makes a handy assembly table.

Like a skyscraper, the frame continues to rise, but not without problems. Somewhere along the line something ended up not square (unsurprising since I was using big box dimension lumber, even carefully selected it’s far from perfect). It took quite a bit of fiddling to make everything come out as square as possible.

The completed frame – and a major error… I transferred over the dimensions of the bolt holes on the planer, and marked them on the frame before knocking off work for the day. When I came back to it the next day, I used those marks to align the inner edges of the cross pieces rather than the center line so the planer is only bolted to one crosspiece and the plywood top rather than into both crosspieces. It’s no biggie as the piece is overbuilt anyhow, but sloppy work is never good.

I didn’t take pictures of the bottom, but at one end is a pair of non swiveling wheels with two wooden support blocks under the other. The cart is stable when parked, but by picking up one end it moves easily about the shop.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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2 posts in 1958 days

#1 posted 1951 days ago

Very nice Derek!

I like the idea of 2 wheels on one end rather than swivel ones all around.

One of these days I’ll have to get some ambition and build something like that for my DW735. At 92 pounds it is getting to be more of a workout carrying it in and out of the garage/shop to use. May be a good project to finally learn SketchUp?

-- DexAZ

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338 posts in 1981 days

#2 posted 1951 days ago

It certainly looks solidly enough built, and the mobility aspect is great. It seems significantly larger than the footprint of the planer – was there any particular reason or do you just have the room?

-- Chris

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Joel V

7 posts in 2165 days

#3 posted 1951 days ago

Looks Good! I took a cue from a Fine Woodworking Article a couple of years ago and removed the planer’s feed trays and extended them out to 5 feet from one end to the other. It really helps with long pieces and keeps the snipe down.

Planer bench

-- Joel, Tacoma, WA

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338 posts in 1981 days

#4 posted 1951 days ago

Joel – I don’t remember that cabinet under the planer from that article …

-- Chris

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Derek Lyons

584 posts in 2192 days

#5 posted 1951 days ago

Chris; It’s the size of a standard 2’x4’ 3/4” project panel from the Borg. :) It’s also a bit bigger because of stability concerns, especially in width. I felt that making it planer sized would leave it potentially ‘tippy’ and unstable.

Joel, I know you’ve recommended I do that in the past, but I decided to leave that for a future upgrade as I need the planer in service now, and am not doing stuff as long as the bed rails you are (theoretically) working on. One of the reasons there aren’t any handles on the cart is to leave room to attach flip up ‘wings’ to extend the feed tray. (If I don’t replace the cart outright, which is a possibility as I’m not really happy with the quality of work.)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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732 posts in 2533 days

#6 posted 1951 days ago


Nice functional design. Mine looks quiet similar, just not as beefy or as pretty. LOL. Never had any tipping issues here.

Have fun with it.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Joel V

7 posts in 2165 days

#7 posted 1951 days ago

Chris: Yeah, The base is Wife’s old dresser which wasn’t being used anymore and it was just the right length. Just Recycling.

Derek: Yeah, I know. I was just trying to participate with a different take on the Planer Bench.

-- Joel, Tacoma, WA

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Dan Hux

576 posts in 1998 days

#8 posted 1800 days ago

nice design,,i’m gonna copy it for mine,,i’ve need one for weeks,,keep having to pick mine up and put it on my TS,,it’s heavy too.great work..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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112008 posts in 2201 days

#9 posted 1799 days ago

Looks like a very functional cart.

-- Custom furniture

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13337 posts in 2297 days

#10 posted 1653 days ago

Thats a nice cart.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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