|Project by FloridaArt||posted 10-02-2011 06:04 PM||2175 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
October, 2011—Recently I added a portable 12-inch thickness planer to my wood shop—a nice find on Craig’s List. It is an older Delta, and heavy! Lifting it onto saw horses each time I wanted to use it was getting old fast. Also, I want to be able to roll it outside to use, letting nature handle most of the dust collection. I realized I also needed a place to store my portable “pancake” air compressor. With all those needs in mind, and looking at what wood and plywood scraps I had on hand, out popped this design.
The bottom shelf is 5-inches above the ground. The upper shelf is 22-inches up. The bottom shelf is 24 by 17 inches, and the top shelf is 24 by 21.5 inches. The upper shelf needed the extra width to fit the planer, which is 21-inches wide. All joints are glued and screwed. If you look closely you can see some reinforcing members on the inside. This thing is solid!
I gave it a coat of green stain, and followed that with two coats of brush-on glass lacquer.
Now over the coming months we’ll see how this works out in practice. One potential enhancement might be to install a dual or quad electrical box with ~10-foot (or longer) cord. That way I could keep these two machines plugged in at all times, and only have one cord to juggle after I’ve moved the cart to where I plan to use it. I’m thinking about it.
-- Art | Bradenton, Florida