|Project by Davedust||posted 03-20-2008 07:04 AM||12529 views||32 times favorited||18 comments|
I got the idea from a FWW article. I adapted it to fit my shop and planer. I used some cheep ($27) 3/4 birch plywood and scraps I had around the shop (some ash and some poplar) I got the 3” wheels from woodcraft, they were the best I could find all metal hardware and soft wheels. the wheels and swivel both lock.
I think it was in the latest tools and shop, it was part of the article about building a detached shop. The hardware to make it swivel is 5/8 steel rod. The mag called for a 1/2” rod, but at the local steel yard they didn’t have any in the remnant bin so I over engineered it. In the top a torsion box of hardwood the rod goes through the center. on each end are a couple of washers and then it goes into the first layer of the sides. I did the joints a little different than the article showed, each side is a sandwich of two 3/4” ply, the inside one I cut about 3/4” short so it sits on top of the base and the outside one hides the end of the base ply. I didn’t use any fasteners other than the 1/4” 4 1/2” bolts to secure the planer to the top, lags for the wheels, and #8 Wood screws for the flip levers. Its really stable. when you release the levers the planer will flip all on its own upside down, hold onto it so its a controlled flip. Flipping it back over is a little bit of work, but its so much easier then having to pick it up and carry it somewhere (almost 100lbs)
-- Im not rich, just single with no kids...