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Project by kiefer posted 10-05-2012 02:40 AM 4431 views 17 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new router table /planer table combination stand and I used LEGO as a model to visualize the idea .
The idea is to save space and organize the shop better by keeping all the routers and accessories close at hand .
The stand is made from four torsion boxes ,two sides the bottom and the swing table which is mounted on a steel shaft with ball bearings in the side panels.
The top is made from three layers of particle board with solid jatoba edging (a key block in the centre since I only had short length of jatoba and also as a decoration ) and plastic laminate top and bottom.
The router table top is locked in place by four sliding blocks which will have locking knobs and these blocks will also lock the table in the planer up position.
The other item I addressed is the storage of bits and other accessories like routers and the fence .
The self closing swing out trays serve this purpose very well and eliminate the tripping hazard of drawers which generally are at the front of the table and are a pet peeve of mine.
Now my big dilemma is that I just recently found a super deal on a Hitachi planer jointer which is twenty years old and has had one board run through it and the packing grease is still on the tables ,lucky me and now I have one too many planers .
The question is what will I use instead of the planer for a useful machine in this setup ?

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 02:49 AM

How about a spindle sander??

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 02:53 AM

Good idea Jim

That is one option and I own one but it is a lot lighter and I would need to add some weight to keep the balance or find a good deal on a cast iron model .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 08:21 AM

Grinder? Or a belt/disc sander.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 01:00 PM

Grinder sounds good. Mine weighs a ton, but it’s also about 60 years old and made out of cast iron.

And I have to complement you.
I’ve seen a lot of stuff on here, but this is the first Lego Mock-up I’ve seen.
Now hurry up and get them back before the kids notice them missing… lol

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 01:01 PM

Drum Sander would be nice.
Nice job on the build.
I love the lego thinking.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 05:01 PM

Top cool!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 06:09 PM

I’d keep both planers, or flog this one with the trick table . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 08:53 PM

Fantastic, love the spacesaving idea:)
Great craftsmanship and details.


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#9 posted 10-05-2012 09:30 PM

Looks like a fancy build! Great build!

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 11:51 PM

keep one planer for finish cuts, use the other to get most of the material off or to plane recycled wood in case you missed a nail/screw

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#11 posted 10-06-2012 12:42 AM

Thanks for all the good suggestions and interest in the setup .
The drum sander idea is the one I will probably go with as I don’t own one and would be handy .
Eric the LEGO is back in the box .
The fence for this is the next item I will tackle and then a dove tail guide track sled and mitre gauge .
The sander will have to wait till I have all the tip out trays completed and the tools and bits in place .
Any further suggestions will be appreciated ,that is of great help and gets things going in the right direction .
Thank you all again .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 10-06-2012 02:22 AM

You could make yourself feel REALLY good and give it to me!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#13 posted 10-06-2012 06:11 AM

Keep the DeWalt and sell the Hitachi

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#14 posted 10-06-2012 04:12 PM


You do think outside the box..LOL even if it’s a leggo box. Re: the planer, jointer and planer. different functions? Do you have a space problem or storage issue? If not Just be patient, sounds like the “tool god” is looking out for you. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 10-06-2012 04:27 PM

You have the most interesting problems. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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