Dewalt benchtop planer table

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Project by jonlan posted 02-14-2016 06:31 PM 1113 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas I bought myself a bench top planer so I could quit relying on pre dimensioned wood for all of my projects. I was on the fence about hand planes vs a power planer and finally decided based on where Im at in my wood working that the power planer made more sense right now. So In ended up getting the Rockler deal with the digital scale and additional stand.

I did extensive research before settling on the Dewalt and had read that it had a very powerful vacuum system built in for chop ejection. When I got it home and ran the first board through it I was blown away with just how powerful the system was. I made the mistake of running the first board through it without anything hooked up the dust port and spent the next day cleaning dust and chips up from all over my garage. Everyone said this shouldn’t be hooked up to a shop vac driven dust system so I decided the table I was going to build had to take care of the dust.

So I ended up building this based off a similar design I found online. Im pretty happy with how it turned out and how well it takes care of the dust and wood chips. The output of the planer goes into the bottom of the cabinet and fires directly into a wall that splits the bottom cavity in half. From there, the chips need to go around the divider and up through holes in the other side of the bottom box. The holes go into the top part of the box that has filters on either side of the table for the air to exit. The whole section with the filters comes off so the filters can be swapped out or the top section vacuumed out.

From my initial tests, the system seems to work very well but it does seem like I’ll need to vacuum out the fiters ever other use or so to make sure Im not restricting any air flow. In any case, Im glad to have found a way to use the planer without creating a total mess in my garage.

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 07:14 PM

The other thing you’ll realize is that the box will fill up pretty quick. Soon you’ll be looking back and saying “I knew I shoulda built a bigger box”

Nice job by the way !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 07:17 PM

The other thing you ll realize is that the box will fill up pretty quick. Soon you ll be looking back and saying “I knew I shoulda built a bigger box”

Nice job by the way !

- JoeinGa

Thanks! Space is at a premium in my workshop (read garage) so smaller was the way I had to go. I’m going to keep it unfinished for awhile but Im wondering if at some point I should paint it.

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 07:53 PM

I have the same machine and it inflates my dust colector by itself. Your stand looks like it can handle a lot of rip. Nice build.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 05:19 AM

Nice stand. That planer is on my short list when I go to upgrade my Delta.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 05:48 AM

Have a look at TabLeft's modified Thien top hat separator, posted just a few days ago. He wrote that i was “driven by a blower”, which I suppose could be a planer such as that nice DeWalt.

[I liked the ease of constructing his simple design and as of tonight am midway through making a slightly smaller diameter version with 2” pipe to front-end my shop vac (i.e. a “pull” setup), as a warm-up for building a 4” pipe version for my Delta DC. Big learning curve today for this wood shop newbie: my first use of a plunge router, first shop-made router trammel, first shop-made bandsaw circle jig, first-ever bandsaw blade change / tensioning / tracking, and first-ever dado (circular, no less!).]

-- Accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. (Tao Te Ching / Lao Tzu)

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 04:18 PM

That is a nice piece of shop equipment. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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