Alternative to flip top planer/oscillating sander table

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Project by xcuse4tools2 posted 12-03-2016 03:53 PM 2867 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Moving my benchtop planer around in my shop when it was needed was a real chore. It is about 70 lbs and needs a lot of room to either side when used, but is frequently stored and not in use. I looked at several flip top sander/planer table designs. My Delta Planer is taller than the Dewalt or Rigid planers that you see commonly on these tables, additionally the adjustment handle is hinged and would hang down if stored upside down increasing the cavity space needed. I decided to go with a stationary shelf for the planer, this allows some additional support at the edges also as can be seen. The oscillating sander is much lighter than the planer so it made sense to store it on the bottom instead on a shelf that fully extends. There is plenty of weight with the cabinet and the planer, so there is no concern with the table tipping when you extend the lower shelf out with the sander on it. I pick it up and move it to the bench. Using the planer is a snap now versus lugging it from a corner in the shop and placing it on the bench, you just roll it to where you want, plug it in and you are ready. Originally, I considered adding hinged outfeed wings to support stock to reduce snipe, but after reading a FWW article, the existing table extension is adequate if you lift the stock up slightly during the feed and exit from the planer. This has been really effective and the wings were not necessary. The case and drawer faces/trim are Beech/Beech Ply, finished with wipe on poly.

-- He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose - Jim Elliot

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#1 posted 12-03-2016 05:28 PM

Great idea! I have also been thinking of building a cabinet for my Delta planer and I may build it like yours.

One thing that caught my eye though, is the top shelf. Does it seem to be sagging due to the planer’s weight or is just how it looks in the pics?

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 06:00 PM

Nice! Space saving and very functional.

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 06:04 PM

Goood idea to save space in the shop! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 11:04 PM

The top shelf does have a little sag due to the weight and the front of cabinet being open (unsupported across the front span). The extent appears a little exaggerated in the pictures I used. I have supports in all four corners and dados on the sides. If I were to build another, I would add additional support for the top shelf, possibly some ribs or a second sheet of 3/4 ply. All this being said, it is primarily cosmetic. The shelf sag is minor and symmetrical which doesn’t affect the planer or in/out feed table alignment. It works very well and is easy to move around the shop. I did place some trim on the cabinet which helps the appearance but would recommend the reinforcement for upper shelf.

-- He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose - Jim Elliot

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 01:06 AM

Great idea mate,
Good thinking.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 01:50 AM

I’d say that is very smart.

Although not needed, if you were inclined, the edges of the top shelf could be reinforced with wood, or with channel strips of metal (or right angle strips).

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 12:54 PM

Nice build!

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#8 posted 01-05-2017 07:22 PM

Great idea. Funny, but I have exactly those two tools.

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