Stand for a Thickness Planer

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Project by Jake Brain posted 01-04-2011 04:35 AM 6016 views 12 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed a stand for my Ridgid 13” Thickness Planer and my Ridgid Oscillating Edge Belt /Spindle Sander. I found that the planer was to heavy (73 lbs) to keep moving on and off a table. The stand is 31 ½” high without the HF 3” locking casters. The size of the stand is 26 ¾” w x 22 ¼” d x 35” h with casters. It is made from 4/4 maple and ½” birch plywood. The last picture is of a wrench that I made to removed the nut that is used to hold the spindle on the Oscillating Sander.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 04:43 AM

Nice stand and nice job. A good solution to give you more space and mobility.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 04:45 AM

Very nice planer stand, mine is crap lol. I have the same planer though and like it very much. They definitely aren’t “portable”.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:48 AM

Hey that is a nice looking table, very useful. Nicely done.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 05:04 AM

Very nice. I cant bring myself to use the expensive stuff on shop projects.
What drawer slides did you use for the sander bay? I have the same sanding station and have found it to be extremely useful.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 05:27 AM

Wow great mobile base for the planer and sander. Beautiful piece for the shop.

-- What? Me worry?!

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 05:29 AM

Awesome- I have the same planer and I got that spindle sander for Christmas- was wondering where to put that gigantic monster of a sander in my shop- I think I’m going to have to whip up a stand like this for mine too.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 05:30 AM

Nice job. I did something similar but used my Ridgid Spindle Sander so much I ended up doing something different with the chop saw that had been mounted on the top and moved the sander up on top. I now have a pancake compressor on the slide-out shelf below. I also believe there is no reason why shop furniture should not be aesthetically pleasing. In my case, it is the only furniture in the house that is truly mine!

Nicely done.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 05:53 AM

very nice with the sander on there too, I think i’ll make mine (when i get the sander that is) with a flip top. thanks for the idea.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 06:04 AM

Nice work. Being able to put both the sander and planer in the same stand is great. Space is almost always at a premium and this solves a costly footprint issue in the shop.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 07:01 AM

I thought about a flip top as well, but all the parts on the sander will fall out when it’s upside down. Maybe some kind of hold down bracket/device to keep that from happening?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#11 posted 01-04-2011 07:03 AM

The wrench for the nut on the spindle sander is a great idea. Thanks for including it. I have the same sander, and I think I’ll make a wrench for mine.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#12 posted 01-04-2011 11:55 AM

Nice job on this. I made a cabinet like this but the top swivels so I dont have to lift them anymore. As you mentioned these planers are heavy. The swivel top is a dream. Take a look at this and let me know if you want me to send the plans for the future. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 01-04-2011 12:47 PM

great idea !

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#14 posted 01-04-2011 03:52 PM

I used Mortise and tenon joints on the frames. The draw is made from prefinished plywood that I dove tail the side.
I used Accuride medium duty 3832 which have a load rating of 90-100 lb.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#15 posted 01-04-2011 03:54 PM

Ken, I immediately thought of a flip top too, but the only problem I see is that the spindle sander has on-board storage for all the extra drums, inserts, washers, and the belt sander attachment on the back. I suppose you could incorporate a drawer of some sort to hold all that so it won’t go everywhere when you flip it, but it sure is nice having it all right there and organized in its own slot on the front of the machine when you need it.

That, and this is probably me being a little anal, but it would drive me crazy to have all the empty slots on the tool where I know the accessories are supposed to go.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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