Planer infeed and outfeed extension

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Project by SimonSKL posted 01-03-2010 02:52 AM 7577 views 34 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago Sawdust2 gave me the inspiration and idea to do something to improve the use of my planer. While the idea of an outfeed extension is very useful but I really want to improve the infeed side of my planer. So why can’t I modify the outfeed extension into both infeed and outfeed at the same time? The result is what you see in these pictures after spending my first two days of 2010 in my garage with temperature outside around 5F.

The extension is pivoted in the middle of the stand and locked in level position by a bolt on each side. Adjusting the entire extension to be level at both sides with the planer will be quite tricky so I chose to adjust the height and level of each support arm/roller. Once I have them adjusted, they are locked in and should not have to be readjusted again. The rollers are made of 3/4” PVC pipe which rotates freely around a 3/4” hardwood dowel. Because of the height of the stand, my infeed side is shorter than the outfeed side, which is not restricted in height. I happened to have a pair of 12” heavy duty full extension drawer slides so I added that to the infeed side to give me another 12”.

Instead of having an adjustable support arm as in the original plan, I decided to keep it simple by making notches spaced about 4” apart for the second support arm. Here my kerfmaker came in handy again as the wood are of different thickness.

Converting the extension from vertical to horizontal position with infeed support arms inserted takes about 3 min. BTW the plywood board in the picture is only to set the roller arms level. I wasn’t planing the plywood:)

Thanks for looking!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 03:23 AM

Great idea…thanks for posting….
Terry (NB Canada)

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 03:29 AM

i saw this somewhere before but can’t remember,it’s a darn good idea though. i would build one but i have no space in my shop. seeing it in your shop it look real good.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 03:29 AM

Very nice indeed.
temperature outside around 5F ? woo doggies ;-)

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 03:29 AM

Very smart idea. I love how it folds up and saves space.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 03:40 AM

Yo Simon, you did it! Good for you. Looks great, lots of ideas in there.
and Go Kerfmaker!

I want one,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 03:40 AM

Great ideas. I started on the plans that Sawdust2 posted and have the base all cut and dadoed. But you have given me some ideas for customizing the feeds. I like the infeed/outfeed idea.
AJ in Eugene

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 03:45 AM

I’m guessing your wife still parks her car in the garage? So does mine.

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 03:59 AM

BigBard, Yes my wife’s car is in the garage and my truck is outside in the cold. We are fortunate to have a 3 car garage. My workshop takes up 2/3 of it so I better give 1/3 for her car. My garage isn’t heated but well insulated. A portable propane heater keeps it toasty warm despite the cold temperature outside.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 05:33 AM

Nice fix. I have just been thinking about the best way to build the infeed and out feed tables. Looks like you got it.

Heat in the garage…I new I was forgot something.

The wife’s car in the garage…that part I got. Best to keep them happy.

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#10 posted 01-03-2010 05:56 AM

Thats a cool idea!

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 06:07 AM

Splendid job always wanted to say that. Really a super set up.well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 01-03-2010 08:24 AM

Creative….....functional …..and a space saver…....will favorite this for future…i.e. when I get a planer.

Thanks for the great pics and tip.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#13 posted 01-03-2010 08:45 AM

great inovation ,

super helper !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 01-03-2010 08:45 AM

and I was complaining it was only 57 degrees this morning….

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#15 posted 01-03-2010 11:14 AM

cool adaptation!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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