Shop Project: Jointer/Planer stand

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Project by DragonLady posted 12-29-2010 05:08 AM 2511 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First: I want everyone who ever had any sort of mentor in woodworking, to take a moment and be thankful. Figuring out this stuff through trial and error when it’s mostly error is frustrating.

Now, on to the project! Nothing special, but inspired by Jeremy's stand for the big brother of the machine I got, I made a mobile base for my new Jet 8” Jointer/Planer combo machine.

I am VERY new to this hobby, so this project had a lot of firsts for me: first time making drawers with drawer fronts, first time using mechanical drawer slides, first big project using MDF, first piece of painted furniture.

Made out of 3/4” MDF, and I swear I will NEVER, EVER, NEVERANDIMEANNEVER use MDF again. I don’t care if it’s the cheapest thing on the planet. The dust is insane! I honestly think I spent more working hours trying to clean up the dust than I did actually working on the project.

You can see my drawer fronts are a little crooked. Putting on drawer fronts is hard without having at least 4 hands!

But it’s the nicest project I’ve made so far, even though I made just about every measuring mistake there is to make.

Gives me some much needed storage space, and wheels around nicely.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 05:16 AM

After 20 years of woodworking on my own I finally have mentor .There are lots of folks here that are always willing to help. This is a super project . It takes a long before I was anywhere close to being happy with my projects that I have built. so just hang in there.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 05:29 AM

Nice addition to the shop and good project. I share your dislike of MDF, nasty dust.

Outside of hands-on in-shop pals which are scarce, I think Lumber Jocks and similar on-line sites are the best ‘mentors’ I’ve ever had!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 06:19 AM

Nice addition to your shop.

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#4 posted 12-29-2010 06:26 AM

you doin good! I like the big wheels since they make moving the unit easy. Lots of people here with lots of ideas to help too.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 12-29-2010 08:36 AM

LJ is my mentor ;-)) Nice job on the tool stand!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 12-29-2010 03:20 PM

I agree with the previous remarks. I have several thousand mentors who are most willing to help!

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 03:38 PM

Nice work, looks great!! What is your next project?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 12-29-2010 05:26 PM

You can get some adjustability in your drawer fronts by drilling oversized holes in the drawer box, and attach the fronts with a screw with a big washer head, like these: .

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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Don Johnson

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#9 posted 12-29-2010 07:22 PM

The method I found for attaching drawer fronts somewhere on LJs (I think) is to drill ‘small’ holes in the drawer ends first. (By small, I mean the size for the screw core diameter), then use double-sided sticky tape to attach the drawer fronts – adjusting each until they all sit nicely. Then take each drawer out, and carefully drill through the drawer holes into the drawer fronts using the ‘small’ drill again – but not too deep!
Then, for each drawer in turn, remove the front and the double sided tape, open out the holes in the drawer to the screw clearance size, and attach its front with screws. Perfick!
Oh! And don’t forget to put the front-attaching screws where they won’t get in the way of screws for handles!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#10 posted 12-29-2010 09:16 PM

Nicely Done. That is a great tool hope you have a dust collector to go with it. It can make a big mess pretty quick.
I hear ya about trying to figure things out on your own, it can be a pain but quite rewarding when it is completed. My stand came out looking like this. I like the larger wheels on yours.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 01:23 AM

Thanks for all the comments!

I was originally planning on putting 3” casters on it, but my boyfriend bought me a DOZEN 5” swivel casters for Christmas. Only a true Lumberjock would get excited about that as a gift, right? (in fact, that was my favorite gift this year!) It does roll around very easily!

I did try the double-sided tape trick, but I only had the tiny tape, not real carpet tape or anything, so it wouldn’t hold. I just read today about using hot glue to do the same thing, so I might try that next time.

And having online “mentors” is nice, but sometimes I just wish I had someone looking over my shoulder to say “no, you idiot, you cut on THAT side of the line!” You can only learn so much by reading and looking.

Oh, and my next project is a small step stool, then a cabinet for my drill press. Also have a miter stand, a router table, and finishing my giant workbench on the list to do…

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 01:30 AM

We all had to crawl before we could walk. Same with woodworking. Keep at it and things will start to happen.
Looks to me like you are doing alright as it is. Good job.

-- Life is good.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#13 posted 12-30-2010 04:51 PM

The stand looks great, I like the way you did your drawers on it.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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