Planer Cart

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Project by Bill Butler posted 03-24-2008 03:36 AM 3794 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking at the corresponding planer cart for my DW735 from DeWalt on Amazon, I thought it a little flimsy. After reading one reviewer’s urging to bypass the sheet metal and throw one together with some 2×4s and plywood, I took his advice. While I probably spent more in time on it than it would have cost me to buy the DeWalt offering, I enjoy the opportunity to hone skills and experiment on utility shop projects.

The body is constructed with some half lapped 2×4s, skinned with scrap sheets of cabinet grade ply, and equipped with shelves made from spare laminated pine. I used a 1 1/4” dowel for the handle. The top has had three coats of Helmsman Spar; the rest may receive equal treatment someday.

I have read a few stories advising against the use of casters in certain situations as there may still be sufficient play even in locking ones to be annoying if not unsafe. So I used a wheelbarrow approach for the cart itself. As positioned all four legs make contact with the floor. To move it you lift up one side and the casters make contact with the ground and off you go.

The planer has been bolted to the top, however I soon realized one design flaw. The lower shelves are currently useless untill I put in stops on the ends opposite the handle as when you lift it to move it, whatever is on the shelves and not bolted down slides off—live and learn.

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 04:02 AM

Looks great. I love seeing other people’s solutions to shop storage and use.

Actually, looking at the pictures I thought the wheelbarrow handle was a stock rest for laying out your stock while planing. As such, it gave me and idea to upgrade my planer cabinet.

Thanks for the post, and keep up the great work!

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 04:31 AM

very nice cart. I will need to build one when and if I ever get my shop into a move in condition. You have given me some excellent ideas.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 04:32 AM

Hi Bill,

This is a nice solution to your problem of planar mobility. I have been thinking of re-doing mine and may have to use this as an inspiration. I really like the “wheelbarrow” idea.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 05:29 AM

Starting to see quite a few of these being built.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 06:16 AM

Well, let me get in line with the others, I really like the design, especially the wheelbarrow idea. I’m in the process of building cabinets and carts for all of my bench top tools – this is a definite one on my list.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#6 posted 03-24-2008 03:29 PM

Nice project – I like the fact you used a simple 2×4 construction- would love to see an interior shot of the cart framing.
GREAT innovation in the caster design.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 03-24-2008 03:59 PM

Very sharp cart. Nice enough to finish with some poly.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Bill Butler

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#8 posted 03-24-2008 06:26 PM

Hey AdMarkieting Guy, your wish is my command.

Angle #2

Angle #3

Angle #1

I usually do my plans in Visio, but I always have trouble with my PDF converter when printing Visio documents so I pasted it as a WMF in a Word 2003 document. If you are interested here is a link to the file: Planer Cart Plans. The cut list is in Excel 2003.

Thanks for the interest and comments.

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#9 posted 03-24-2008 10:57 PM

Looks cool. by the way I want your paner :) I love that one. Great job

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#10 posted 03-24-2008 11:35 PM

Now that you will be sending your planer to Tyler, what are you going to use the cart for. Only kidding Tyler.

Great looking design. Having the casters off the ground till you pick it up is a real good idea. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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