Planner Stand and Rigid Sander Cart with Dust Collection

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Project by Angela posted 01-30-2011 07:23 AM 7346 views 16 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished another workshop project. I took apart one of the first cabinets I built and replaced it with this cart/cabinet. For anyone that owns a Rigid Sander they know the dust it creates so I wanted to design something that would help control the dust. I’m surprise how well this works. I added a photo to show how I attach the dust port. I drilled two holes in the dust collection fitting so I can place the fitting very close to the sander or further back if I need more room. I don’t mind having the sander so low because I have always used it while setting on a small chair I have so it’s prefect for me. The only problem I have, that I haven’t tried to figure out yet, is the sander is on full extension slides that I pull out when I want to use the sander. When I use the sander the slides want to slide back into the cabinet. I have to figure a way to lock it in position once it’s pulled out.

I don’t have the dimensions in front of me but it’s about 34” high by 24” wide. The face frame and drawer front is made from Birch while the cabinet is Baltic Birch Plywood. I had planned on cover the top with 1/4” hardboard but I haven’t been able to locate it at any of the hardware stores in my area. All of them have replaced their stock with MDF.

I’ll put the photos of the progression of making this cabinet on my website as soon as I get around to it. After this project I thought I’d do something fun but in my never ending quest to organize my garage I decided to work on making a clamp rack for my 40 or so clamps.


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#1 posted 01-30-2011 02:42 PM

Hi Angela.

Since you gave a wooden “shelf” to mount the sander on, you can mount a toggle on each side of the uprights and a couple of index blocks on the shelf. Once the slides are fully extended, twist the toggles to the horizontal to engage the index blocks and it ain’t going anywhere.

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 04:30 PM

Looks great, but do you have to ben all the way down to floor level to use the sander?

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 04:33 PM

Very nice idea, I have the same planer!

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 06:35 PM

That’s a good set up and I’m glad it works for you, but there ain’t no way I can get that low. You have given me an idea tho. I have seen appliance lifts that can be put in cabinets that will allow you to pull out a mixer or other small appliance and it will rise to the counter top level. I think something like this would work for the sander. I believe I will look into that.
Thanks for the tip.

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 07:30 PM

Try these Angela,43614,43620&ap=1 A bit pricey though. Maybe less expensive ones out there?


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#6 posted 01-31-2011 12:11 AM

Thanks for the ideas about stopping the slides. I like those locking slides I wish they did that for more of the slides – meaning the cheaper ones.

A couple of people emailed about it being so low but it’s perfect for me. I don’t mind having the sander so low because I have always used it while setting on a small chair. If this was a problem a would have design a cabinet with a flip top and still have connected the dust collection system the same way, it works great.

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 01:42 AM

Hi Angela

Your cabinet looks good. Does your sander come all the way out of the cabinet? If it does not, I just wonder if the sides of the cabinet are going to interfear with a bigger work piece. This especially may be true when using the spindles. You could put a gate slide bolt catch on the back of the sander platform. If the platform clears the cabinet the bolt will drop in front of the cabinet. If not, you could drill a hole in the bottom of the cabinet for the bolt to drop into. OR Buy a set of KV6505 OVER-TRAVEL slides, 125 pound, 20” = $19.08, 22” = $19.74, 24” = $20.40. They come in lenghts from 12” to 28”. It would allow the platform to come out past the front of the cabinet 1” and you could lay a 3/4” X 1 1/2” X 24” board on top of the slides and behind the platform. You need to screw your sander to the platform.

You can get the slide from Woodworker’s Hardware, 1-800-383-0130, Great hardware company and super fast delivery. I get all my cabinet hardware here. The more you buy of each kind of product the cheaper it is. They sell tools, sandpaper and a lot more.

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 12:18 AM

Nice stand. Really like to dust collection for the sander.

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