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Project by riverguy posted 557 days ago 1241 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After about the hundredth time of schlepping this heavy planer out from under a bench (I don’t use it all that often), I decided to build a small mobile cabinet for it. The cabinet puts the planer at a comfortable working height for me, and it has shelves for the D/C hose and the in- and out-feed tables (such as they are). When not in use, it sits neatly out of the way. The handles on the sides (yeah, they look like toilet paper holders!) are to get a safe grip on the unit for rolling it around the shop. It has wheels on the back (under the handles) and a wooden “foot” under the front so it is stable when in use. I made one like this for my 10” Rikon band saw, too, and it’s nice to have the flexibility to move these tools around as and where needed. The cabinets are made of KD 2×2 lumber and 1/2” OSB.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com





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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 557 days ago

Yeah, really nice. Portable planer is somewhat of an oxymoron.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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riverguy

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#2 posted 557 days ago

Yeah, really nice. Portable planer is somewhat of an oxymoron.

—Bondo Gaposis

Couldn’t have said it better. Not only is it really heavy, but the carry-handles are about useless. I often ended up doing planing operations some other way just because I didn’t want to lift “the beast” out of its under-the-bench resting spot. Now it’s no big deal to roll it out and use it.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 557 days ago

great job.i’ve been looking to build one for my planer i’m in the same boat tired of lifting and moving it around.thanks for sharing and welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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kiefer

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#4 posted 557 days ago

I agree ,in our garage style shops we need to have machines on wheels .
I have all my machines that need to be moved on mobile bases and it makes for a quick set up and as you have demonstrated it does not have to cost that much.

-- Kiefer 松

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 557 days ago

Nice job. I know exactly what you mean about the heavy lifting. I was doing the same. I had it on a furniture moving dolly I got at Harbor Freight. I finally got around to building a flip top stand so now I have the planer on one side and an oscillating sander on the other. My floor space is at a premium.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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JesseTutt

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#6 posted 557 days ago

Good design.

”...the in- and out-feed tables (such as they are).”
I am glad that I am not the only one having problems with the in and out feed tables.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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riverguy

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#7 posted 557 days ago

”…the in- and out-feed tables (such as they are).”
I am glad that I am not the only one having problems with the in and out feed tables.

Actually, I don’t even bother to use the outfeed table, as I’ve found that by carefully assisting the piece on its way out I can all be totally eliminate the “snipe” that results from depending on those tables. Best, of course, is to not need that last two inches of the piece you’re planing!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com

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