Rolling Planer/Sander/Grinder Cabinet

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 07-29-2007 12:26 AM 3530 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was getting tired of storing my bench jointer on top of my tool box because I had no space to store it anywhere else. Sooooo, when I purchased a new oscillating belt/spindle sander I just HAD to make a storage cabinet for them.

This cabinet has dowels that will allow the tools to be interchanged on the top work area and then stored unerneath when not in use. This design is based upon a plan for another rolling cabinet that fit a bench jointer and a small Delta belt/disk sander. Well, as you can see, my new Ridgid sander is quite larger than the Delta 6” sander the original plan was designed for. So, I designed this one using the original idea.

The depth of the storage area was enlarged to fit the Ridgid sander, which was the deepest tool, and the width was sized to fit the jointer, which was the widest tool. Instead of having 2 handles to move it, I needed to have one, because one of my hands would be busy using my cane when I walk. (Debie… my cane is a Canadian Crutch!) I made the two handles out of 5/8” ply and cut out a hole to fit a 3/4” dowel covered by PVC pipe that would go between them.

There is something real satisfying when you modify a good design to fit your situation. I made all of this from extra supplies I had from other projects, except for the 3/4” dowel (I bought poplar dowel so I would save my beech dowels) and the PVC pipe. I did not realize it until it was all togther, but the color scheme fits my favorite football team—the Denver Broncos! Too cool!

As soon as we get the roof fixed and it stops leaking on my tools, I will be making some real projects….LOL

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 07-29-2007 02:57 AM

Great way to use up scrap wood and solve a problem at the same time. You have storage and mobility for your joiner. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 07-29-2007 04:48 AM

Hawg that is very creative. I just bought that 6” Delta jointer last week. I found that the outfeed table was not flat. I called Delta and they shipped me a new outfeed table – got to get it put on. How do you like the jointer? I’m hoping that it will serve my needs. I really don’t have the space for a full size jointer.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 07-29-2007 05:06 AM

Great Idea Hawg. I might have to make a couple of them. I’ve got a Horizontal router table that I don’t use much but I don’t like it kicking around on the floor. I might dedicate it on the top and use the rest of the both cabinets to mount the tools I need. Spindle sander, Random orbital sander table, and other tools in plastic cases that look nice but take up a lot of room. And maybe even a sanding table with a vacuum hookup.

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 07-29-2007 06:22 AM


Very creative, excellent design work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-29-2007 05:08 PM

I like the jointer ok. I picked it up from Craigslist and it is a discontinued model. One thing I found out, though, you need to wax the infeed and outfeed tables to avoid wear marks from any dust and dirt trapped between the wood and the tables. I have some grooves in my tables I have to buff out, now. That was one of the prime reasons to get it off the floor.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#6 posted 07-29-2007 05:15 PM

Great idea, Karson. I might make one for a planer next, where the planer swings under the table top to create a work/assembly area when the planer is not being used. I need mobile tools. You can see my workshop in the background. A dirt driveway…..LOL

And, Tom, I am still wavering on my planer choce between the Ridgid with a stand, or the Dewalt 734. Thanks for your planer posting, I got some good info there!

And thanks for the encouragement, Lee. I only piggy-backed off someone else’s idea, though.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#7 posted 07-31-2007 08:02 PM

Hawg, that’s a good functional idea!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 10:55 AM

Nice cabinet.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 01-23-2008 01:26 PM

Looks well crafted, design and execution. Good job.

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#10 posted 06-23-2008 04:10 PM

Thats a nice cabinet and a nice set up.

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#11 posted 06-23-2008 04:26 PM

Thanks, CJ. I need to move the handle about 12 nches lower so I have better leverage when moving it. I also replaced the hardwood handles with 3/4 plywood for added strength when the hardwood split along the grain.

I am glad you like it, CJ.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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