A rolling base (w/ drawer) for my Craftsman 13" planer

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Project by Gary Fixler posted 05-26-2009 11:14 AM 3792 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My planer weighs roughly a metric ton, and is a real pain to move and use on the floor. I built a ~10” tall rolling base for it so I could position it where I need it, and the whole thing tucks perfectly under one end of one of my work tables. I got a little bit fancy with the coloring, but I’m just a little tired of all the browns and yellows of shop stuff, and wanted a little splash of color in there – something that matched the planer, so I chose colors found in it. There are almost no exposed horizontal surfaces, with the top just fitting around the edge of the bolted-on planer, so it shouldn’t get obscenely dusty. Just ‘very’ :)

The sides, face frame, back, and drawer front are all 3/4” poplar. The top is 3/4” baltic birch. The drawer walls are somewhere around 1/2” ply. The drawer bottom is 1/4” hardboard. The wheels are 2.5” tall swivel casters. All of these things – including the drawer slides – were scrap, or unused parts left over from other projects. The only new things, outside of Minwax stain stuff and flat black latex paint, with which I covered the Minwax Ebony stain (looked bad), are the pull, about $7 from Home Depot, and 4 carriage bolts long enough to mount the planer to the base. It was great to spend so little on this. Joinery included rabbeted sides for the drawer walls, pocket hole screws via the Kreg K3 Master System for the carcase and face frame, and a few wood screws to hold the drawer front onto the drawer box.

My finger is in the last pic to show that it fits by about 1/2” under the long work table. That’s about as tall as I could reasonably make it. I’m excited to start using the planer again in future projects. It’s been too hard to get to for me to bother with it for too long now. It always wanted to become a surface to store things on and around. No more! I can already move around the shop with greater ease just having this one bulky item tucked out of the way. So many more shop aids left to build now.

The build is documented in this blog series.

All of the photos (a few not in the blog) are in this flickr set.

Thanks for looking!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 11:25 AM

Yup, it just fits ;-)) Dust shouldn’t be a problem, you’re absolutley right, no place for it to settle!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 11:39 AM

Thats a neat idea.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 12:28 PM

Nice job Gary. I’m always trying to think of ways to use my space better. I’ve got my little Delta jointer on top of a rolling ice chest so I can tuck it away for example. I can usually sit at chair hight and joint away. I don’t quite see how you’re going to do that with the planer though. Do you plan to roll it up an incline to get it up higher or something or do you think you can plane at around a foot off the floor?

-- Jim

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 12:34 PM

Thanks, Topamax and CJIII!

Jim – I’ve been planing with the thing ON the floor! This is a vast improvement. Planing for me so far has been the work of a few minutes to fix one board, or when I did a tall stack of shelves, no more than about a half hour here and there. It’s easy enough to bend down a little bit. I can use the cardiovascular exercise :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 12:50 PM

Nice neat functional job.

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 02:27 PM

Very spiffy looking for a shop fixture.

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

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#7 posted 05-26-2009 03:32 PM

Nicely done, came out better than you expected huh?

how do you like that planer?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 05-26-2009 05:55 PM

You got er done looks slick

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-26-2009 09:50 PM

Good job Gary!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 05-26-2009 09:55 PM

Nice, especially for us short 4 paw guys!! lol

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#11 posted 10-17-2009 04:57 PM

Looks great and a useful addition to your shop. I really like the colors. As a matter of fact, I re-finished a hutch and coffee table in those exact colors. Great job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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