Planer Stand--Re-purposed materials

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Project by Geedubs posted 03-16-2011 07:53 PM 2111 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so pick your current term of fashion: reycled, reconstructed, re-purposed, etc. My goal with this project was to design and construct a mobile stand for my new DeWalt 734 that would use primarily old materials and force me to learn/use multiple woodworking skills. The box and drawer unit came off the base of a drill press and was my starting point for designing the rest of the unit. I have a utility table that I use and so I designed the height of the stand so that the in and out trays on the planer would match up exactly with that table. I wanted to work with curves and so I drew up and designed the curved framing. Most of the framing materials were from old growth fir stair treads that I had purchased in Portland at the Rebuilding Center. After some nail removal and planing, they provided great stock from which to cut the framing. This project required that I use my planer, bandsaw, table saw, table-based router, oscillating drum sander, orbital sander and multiple hand tools. As a result, this took me quite awhile to complete but I have the satisfaction of improving on many woodworking techniques. I also tried using shellac for the first time as a finish. I know that may not be the best finish for a shop but…who cares, right? This was for learning. I used a base coat of natural Danish and then three coats of shellac. In the process I learned how differently varying pieces of fir can stain and now know that if I were doing nicer furniture I would probably need to use some kind of sealer/filler. All in all, though, a satisfying experience. And I LOVE my new planer and find myself salivating to plane anything I can get my hands on.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 08:16 PM

Very cool. Nice job! I recently bought that same planer, and I’m with you—loving it.


-- Doug, Kansas,

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 08:23 PM

Looks very nice – too nice for my shop! Good job. I haven’t been to Depoe Bay for at least 10 years – one of my favorite places on the coast. Loved the Sea Hag restaurant (I think that’s what it was called).

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 09:26 PM

Right you are Randy…the Sea Hag. Had an interesting day here last week with the earthquake in Japan and tsunami warning for the Pacific Coast. We had a series of waves here that morning but nothing too serious. I just haven’t figured out how to get all my tools in my 72 hour emergency pack!

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 09:39 AM

very nice and sturdy
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 01:01 PM

Well done.
And recycle then it got a ponit extra.
Cool with the storage space it provides you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 07:46 AM

Gracias Kova. Su comentarios son muy agradables.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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