|Project by ajosephg||posted 06-12-2010 06:14 AM||15546 views||73 times favorited||28 comments|
EDITED TO ADD CREDIT Martin helped me find the source. It was posted by “sidestepmcgee” a year or so ago. Thank you Eric. I’m sure that your concept is widely used.
The inspiration for this project was a fellow LJ, but I can no longer find his post to give him due credit. The main difference between his design and mine was that he used a single piece in/outfeed table. I did not want to lose the planer’s built in thickness presets so I modified his design to use separate in and out tables.
Each table has 4 adjustment bolts so they can be precisely adjusted to match the planer table height as well as tilt the ends of the tables up to eliminate snipe if necessary. I anticipate that the frame will move dimensionally over time, so the tables can be easily adjusted to compensate.
The side and end pieces were constructed from 2×6’s, and the cross pieces are 2×4’s. They were all run through the planer and trimmed with my TS to get smoother surfaces and square edges.
The cabinet is made from 3/4 inch birch ply, drawer sides from 1/2 inch birch ply and the draweer faces from 3/4 inch birch plywood. The back of the cabinet is also 3/4 inch birch plywood to prevent racking, as the planer by itself weighs 90#. I was in a hurry to get it done so I didn’t put a face frame on the cabinet or wrap the exposed plywood edges. Locking casters are from Grizzly.
The IN/OUT tables are MDF with 3 coats of Poly and Johnson Paste wax to give a slick ride. All of the other parts have 2 coats of Poly.