Rolling cart for thickness planer

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Project by Paulsgarage posted 05-30-2010 12:22 AM 2771 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought a Ridgid thickness planer (R4330) and quickly relized how comfined I felt using it on my workbench. My garage is a fairly small 2 car garage, so I’m trying to make my equipment as mobile as possible. They do sell a stand for this planer but it does not have wheels and I believe it sells for around $80. I figured with all the scrap wood I have I could come up with something that would work, so I went to work with my scrap to throw something together. Originally, I wasn’t going to build shelves, but then I thought that would be a mistake. A man can never have to many shelves! And if they’re empty, that’s just a good excuse for me to go buy more tools, right? So this is what I ended up with. All built from Douglas Fir scrap and 3/4” Oak plywood. The only cost was the locking casters…$14. I was afraid it might be too top heavy, but it turned out plenty stable. I might put a stain and some Poly on it eventually, but I’m not sure if it would be worth it or not.

-- Paul

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 01:18 AM

You can’t beat $14 good job

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 01:52 AM

nice cart. I agree you can’t get to many shelves

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 05-30-2010 06:38 AM

Thanks for the idea I still need one in my shop
Looks nice

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#4 posted 05-30-2010 03:27 PM

Good job!! Mobility is good, I have the same situation, 2 car garage, everything on wheels.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 05-30-2010 04:28 PM

Nice work Paul. Can you provide some detail on how you attached the casters?

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#6 posted 05-30-2010 07:31 PM

Thanks everyone and no problem Houtje. That’s what we’re all here for. Ken, I had my scratch my head a bit about how to attach the casters since the cart legs were not big enough to attach the casters to directly. So I finally decided to use a piece of 3/4” oak ply to attach the casters to. I drilled the holes in the ply for the casters using a drill press then attached the ply to the leg with 3 2” wood screws then attached the casters with bolts, nuts and washers. I think it looks kind of funny, but it definately serves the purpose!

-- Paul

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#7 posted 11-25-2010 05:25 AM

Nice looking cart!

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