Mobile planer stand...on the cheap

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Project by WoodIfIcould posted 11-12-2012 12:05 AM 4176 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So…I needed a mobile base for my new planer but had a height restriction (due to it’s storage
spot). I also wanted to keep it cheap. I found a 1000 lb movers dolly with nice casters for
about $15. Had some leftover 3/4 plywood and spent about $6 on 2×4’s. Function is perfect for my
needs, and as I bolted the planer down, I can pull in around by its own built in handles.
Filled in thickness on the two long stretchers with cut and planed 2×4 pieces. The base is then a
double stack of simple 2×4 frames. I did not use 2×6 or 2×8 because in the future, I may
want to add posts between the 2×4 frames to increase working height – so that is an easy fix from where it is now.
At present, it needs to fit under the drill press as my garage is getting increasingly tight on space!

-- Tim, IL

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 01:26 AM

just bought that same planer! It is awesome! I too just built a cart for it. I’ll be posting it tomorrow! Great job.

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 02:44 AM

dakremer: I agree – the planer is really good so far. Just got it a couple weeks ago so only used it a couple times…with great results.

-- Tim, IL

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 03:26 PM

I like the cart and storing it in the dead space under the drill press is a great idea, but, how do you keep it from skating around the shop while in use? Or is the cart just for storage?

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 04:55 AM

A10GAC: I did consider the fact that the casters are non-locking…however, I did run some boards through while on the stand and no appreciable movement. I guess I can always lay a couple boards down next to the wheels if that does become an issue (or just get a couple of locking casters to swap for the ones on already).

-- Tim, IL

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