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Project by ADHDan posted 01-24-2013 05:47 PM 3147 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based largely on the Shopnotes article, supporting a miter saw and a planer. I learned an important lesson in reading instructions thoroughly: I didn’t cut the slots for the side-locks or drill the holes for the axle before assembly, so I had to kludge them in later (I cut the slots with a few passes of a biscuit joiner). It’s not pretty, but it’s functional. And I no longer have to throw out my back every time I want to plane some lumber.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.





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alholstein

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 06:45 PM

I need to make one of those. I have the same planer, and a spindle sander that could use it. I would value function over pretty for this. Learning all the steps and the order that they need to be done in, is something that comes from experience and often has to be learned more that once. Keep up the good work.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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ADHDan

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 07:15 PM

Thanks! Would your spindle sander happen to be that Ridgid oscillating sander you can see in the background of my first photo, under the router table…?

I considered making another one of these for my other benchtop tools, but the spindle sander isn’t that heavy and I really don’t want to be flipping my router table (with mounted router) upside down.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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ohwoodeye

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 07:22 PM

Very nice and useful. I made my own design for my spindle sander and jig saw and love it. The bolts stickin our the side of yours concern me. Eventually you are going to catch your pants on these or scrape your leg or something un-fun.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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ADHDan

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 07:33 PM

I’ll probably put some rubber caps on the bolts. Using extra-long bolts was a necessity of poor planning and cobbling things together with scrap wood. I plan to rebuild this down the road, so I’m treating this as a high-functioning rough draft.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 10:42 PM

great stand,very functional.

i have the same planer and man are they heavy!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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sikrap

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 02:27 AM

Nice. Can you tell me which issue of ShopNotes had the plans?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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RogerInColorado

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 05:10 AM

You’re gonna love using this. I used 3/8” hitch pins where you have your bolts. Hitch pins have a chamfer on the insert end and sort of a little ballbearing detent to maintain tension in the hole. On the outboard end they have a ring. That lets them lay nearly flush on the side of the cabinet. Clamped the “base” flush, drillled one hole in the “Southeast” corner and one in the “Northwest” corner. Then I flipped the “base”, clamped it and drilled new holes using the existing carcass holes as guides. Have had them in use for almost 4 years now. Have proven reliable and convenient. I only have one tool in each of mine. That lets me use the other side as flat surface for a shop cart, assembly space, Put them together and lay a door across them for an assembly table, etc. Because of that I was able to include a couple of gussets to help keep the sides stable. I got my idea from an issue of Fine Woodworking. Think it was Matthew Teague describing building his new workshop

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 07:06 AM

very nice one. Thanks for sharing

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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ADHDan

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 06:11 PM

Sikrap, I think the plans were from special issue “Small Shop Solutions.”
Roger, I found that description extremely confusing, but I’m sure in reality it makes perfect sense and works well :-). Do you have a picture?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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LHFixer

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 06:50 PM

I’ll bet that really gets the sawdust out of the cracks too.

-- -E

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ADHDan

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 08:17 PM

Flipping a planer upside down does help remove the chips, but it also creates a terrifying situation where you almost turn the machine on before you realize a wrench is missing from its onboard-storage clips. And then you fish it out from under the blades, and make a mental note to always check for things like that in the future.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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RogerInColorado

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#12 posted 01-27-2013 06:08 AM

Sikrap, I think the plans were from special issue “Small Shop Solutions.”
Roger, I found that description extremely confusing, but I’m sure in reality it makes perfect sense and works well :-). Do you have a picture?

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