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Project by Sandra posted 12-01-2012 06:31 PM 3990 views 26 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was built following the plans at woodsmithshop.com

It was somewhat of an ambitious project for me, but I’m happy with the results.
The carcass is made of 3/4” plywood using dado joints, the trim is pine. The drawer is birch with a 1/4” birch plywood bottom. I finished it with wipe on poly.

One of the outfeed supports is fixed, and the other is moveable by means of a threaded rod sandwiched between the cross pieces. When not in use, the arms fold up toward the back of the planer. They stay in that position by means a ‘latch’ made of two pieces of aluminum angle. The planer is bolted to the stand and the whole thing is moveable on 3” locking casters.

When in use, the work piece slides across the pieces of PVC pipe which are level with the planer infeed and outfeed surfaces. If any minor adjustments are needed, the pvc pipe is easily raised or lowered. The arms are also easily adjustable at the ‘elbow’.

The shallow drawer in the front of the stand was the biggest challenge for me. I measured and measured and measured, but somehow the dimensions of the drawer didn’t work. The drawer was also supposed to ride on two rails which would have thrown off the measurements even more. In the end, I cut the drawer down to size and it opens and closes no problem. It ain’t pretty, but it works.

The project brought with it a few firsts – first time using a dado blade. First time making a drawer with dadoes and rabbets, first time using 3/4” plywood.

Thanks for looking.
S

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 06:38 PM

Nicely done. BTW: Beauty is in the eye of the…....USER!

I’ve seen many planer carts here on LJs, but not one with outfeed support. Thanks for sharing your version.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 06:40 PM

Ambitious maybe, but that’s how we grow and learn.

Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 06:42 PM

Sandra!
Nicely done.
I’m gonna have to copy this.
:)

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 06:53 PM

Definitely lots of learning took place. A bit of cursing, but mostly learning!

Thanks

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 07:04 PM

Well done , real effective.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 07:23 PM

very nice sandra

glad you are moving ahead

do you have any choice cursing
you care to share
for those that might
like to tackle this too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 07:41 PM

very cleaver cart ,thanks for sharing may use this one too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 07:54 PM

Really, a nice finished project. Functional and it looks sturdy. Looks like you are learning and doing purposful things at the same time. Charles Neil has an answer for “mistakes”

“If it looks right , it is right!” It’s hand made and not suppose to be perfect?

Character comes from learning from your mistakes… Hey I got to remember that, next mistake! LOL! Great Job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 12-01-2012 07:58 PM

this is awesome work. Looks like I will be building one next for my planer.

-- God is good..All the time

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Sandra

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#10 posted 12-01-2012 08:38 PM

Well, as far as the swearing/cursing goes, I’m half English and half French. Sooooo I talk while gesturing with one hand and when I swear, half of it has to do with bodily functions (English trait) and half involves religious terminology….(French trait) Being Canadian of course, I’m wayyyy too polite to ever do that within earshot of anyone. ;)

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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DeLayne Peck

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#11 posted 12-01-2012 08:47 PM

Great work and just what I was thinking of building. Thanks for posting!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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sikrap

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 09:25 PM

Nice!! I thought cursing was an integral part of woodworking. I hope so, because its the only aspect I’m any good at :))

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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FredIV

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#13 posted 12-01-2012 09:48 PM

I just bought this same planer a few weeks ago. It’s currently sitting on a dolly. Now I know what I can build for it. Thanks!!!!

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#14 posted 12-02-2012 01:21 AM

great job on the planer cart sandra.by the way your shop is to clean.lol,marty.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 12-02-2012 01:30 AM

I too built this cart a few years ago for my new Dewalt734. Great project and very functional cart that I would refer to anyone. Sandra done much better job finishing than me though. Very nice Sandra.

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