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Project by Tim Anderson posted 07-25-2015 04:52 AM 1010 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to making a planer bench, so I could use the planer without crawling around on the garage floor. I also used it as an excuse to practice my mortise and tenon joints. Made it out of a chopped up 2×12, some 4×4 posts, and a bit of 3/4” plywood I had floating around. It’s riding on 4 home depot locking casters so far they grip quite well, but I haven’t tried to put anything too big through yet either. The planer on top is a Delta 22-580 I picked up used from a closing shop. So far it all seems to be working quite well.

It was a fun project overall, and I have a bin with open slots in the bottom to let chips fall through for storing the dust collector stuff when it’s hiding in the corner of the garage waiting to be used. I’m planning to put it to good use soon planing some rough cut Cypress I picked up to make an arch for out in the yard to grow some climbing roses.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA





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Tim Anderson

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#1 posted 07-26-2015 03:20 AM

Huzzah, it works! Just planed down some Cypress and it sure was a lot easier than doing the entire board by hand. I only had to get one side to sit flat, and then the planer did the rest.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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bigbuddha

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#2 posted 07-26-2015 04:10 AM

Awesome!! Totally relate, finally reused an old water tank stand for my planer couple weeks ago. Was really tired of dragging the planer all around the garage :p.

-- helen

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Tim Anderson

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#3 posted 07-27-2015 01:07 PM

An update for those wandering around here in the future. After a weekend of planing, I have realized it would have been wise to add about 15” to the side of the planer stand for resting boards while you’re using it. As it was, I still had to set them all on the ground.

Time for a followup side table project.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 01:52 PM

Also a little concerned about tipping. 8” oak board on the outfeed with no hands under it may tip that thing. I would make the bench as long as the infeed and outfeed tables for added support. However I understand that you want to flip those tables and store the machine in a tight spot.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Tim Anderson

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 01:57 PM

You make a good point, Mike. So far the biggest board I put through there was 8/4 cypress that was about 6 feet long. I held it myself till it was about halfway, walked to the other side and supported it, but I think I might make some mobile infeed / outfeed support tables that I can swing around for bigger stock in the future. Ah well, live and learn.

Also, for good measure, here’s all that cypress planed and ready for my arch project:

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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