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Cabinet for DeWalt 735 Planer

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Project by GregD posted 01-31-2010 01:28 AM 4597 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a stand for my DeWalt 735 Planer. It is a big, heavy beast – 90+ pounds. My shop is in a portion of a detached garage and tools do better when I keep them in cabinets or covered when not in use. I looked at cabinets with rotating tops, but I was nervous about leaving the planer hanging upside down so much of the time. Additionally, I wanted the cabinet large enough to also store a DeWalt 12” power miter box. I decided to make it tall enough so that with a bit of shimming I could use it as an outfeed table for my tablesaw. I have seen another stand for this planer that is low enough so the planer fits under the right tablesaw wing, but I’m planning on hanging a router table there.

I thought this project would be more fun and helpful if I used it to practice building something nice, rather than just knocking together something quick. Nevertheless I used cheap Chinese paint-grade birch plywood which seemed to splinter more than I was expecting, and I sanded through the veneer unexpectedly in a couple of spots. Next practice project I’m more likely to spend the extra 50% to try the domestic paint-grade birch. The finish is a wipe-on gloss poly which was a compromise between trying a wipe on finish and ending up with a finish durable enough for inside the garage. In the future if notice that I’m about to wear through the finish on the top I’ll sand it down and go with a few coats of “normal” poly. I was pleased with how the top turned out – although it took me several days of slow working to get the bevels cut and the pieces glued up so all the seams were tight.

There are wheels mounted inside the rear legs. I was running out of space vertically so the bottom of the cabinet is close to the ground and the wheels protrude through the bottom. I fabricated mounts for the axles from some 3/4” mild steel angle iron. I got a little 3-wheeled dolly that I slip under the front of the cabinet when I want to move it around – there really isn’t a good place to lift the front up while moving it very far. The rear legs drag if the front is lifted too far.

Raising and lowering the planer isn’t too bad. Only one end is lifted at a time. The front edge of the planer base rests on a fixed support across the front. I have a cut-down 2×4 with a dado that I fit over the rear edge of the planer and rest on two fixed supports in the back corners. Some slick lift mechanism would be really cool, but this is simple and sturdy.

Because the corner trim extends a bit out from the front of the cabinet I couldn’t find hinges that would work for a single door or pair of doors that swing to the side. So I tried something different and have the bottom door open up. The challenge to this configuration is finding some way to hold the door open. A standard straight lid support installed in this peculiar way seems to work OK.

I had an opportunity to use this planer and my jointer for the first time on this project. Very nice results.

-- Greg D.





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 06:34 AM

Wow , 206 views and this is the first comment ?
Excellent job on the cabinet and the finish : )

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 06:39 AM

I’m with Dusty on this one. Nice job.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 04:24 PM

Beautiful work, Greg. I like the top. You might be able to use some sort of screw lift or scissors jack.

-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 06:12 PM

Wow…...a multi use tool stand…great job!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 01-31-2010 06:24 PM

Nice cabinet – functional and looks good! I have the same planer on a flip-top with my OSS on the other side, so the planer hangs upside-down most of the time, and I haven’t had any problems.

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 06:36 PM

Nice, something to ponder for my own planer.

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 06:52 AM

This came out great Greg

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 12:03 AM

Nice work, Greg.

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#9 posted 10-16-2010 04:32 AM

Thanks for the project post; I just bought the same planer today, and I’m trying to come up with a stand that will address the same issues.

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