|Project by vrice||posted 11-05-2011 11:26 PM||3414 views||9 times favorited||9 comments|
I have been complaining for several years about my Rigid Jointer. Due to the size of my shop I don’t have a place I can park this thing and leave it. However moving this heavy beast around has been a major pain. I was recently inspired by some posts on LJ. Greg Wurst posted a Sketchup model AND atceric posted a build of Greg’s project. Finally one of the comments to atceric’s project was from mikedrums showing a cool cam arrangement for lowering and lifting a set of casters. So…......I combined all this and created a jointer stand. WORKS GREAT. The only issue I’ve noticed is this jointer is quite top heavy. When I have it up on the casters it is quite easy to push in the wrong direction and tip the bloody thing over. I’m thinking of putting a small set of “outriggers” on this stand to solve that problem. Otherwise you need to always be pushing along the line of the table, NOT perpendicular to it. Other than that this thing is a MAJOR improvement for me in my shop. I’ve got a full Sketchup model for this thing, just haven’t figured out where to post it yet.
Built this thing entirely from scrap around my shop. I also happened to have a left over steel rod and steel tube. The OD of the rod matched the ID of the tube. I used the tube to cut some bushings that I inserted into several of the wood parts as can be seen in the photos. Took this approach to minimize any degrading of holes by the rod. Then I cut a length of rod on which the peddle rotates.
-- Vic Rice