|Project by Bill Butler||posted 03-24-2008 03:36 AM||2612 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
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.